By Thomas Sellers Jr.
More than 1,000 TSSAA softball games coached, four trips to the Class 3A State Tournament, countless players who went on to played in college including four Division I signees and even the field he coaches on bares his name.
Entering his 30th season as skipper of the Munford Lady Cougars, Glenn Goulder got some good news during the preseason. Goulder was selected into the 2016 Tennessee Softball Coaches’ Association Hall of Fame Class.
“I’m shocked,” Goulder said recently of his honor. “I’m really shocked. I’m very appreciative of it. I think there are a lot of deserving people who could have gotten it.”
Colleague like former Covington Softball head coach and Hall of Famer Martha Lawler feel the selection of Goulder is well deserved. Goulder said he will lean on the advice of Lawler this summer when the date of the ceremony approaches.
Goulder and his fellow classmates will be honored during the 2016 Tennessee Softball Coaches Association All-Star game to be played June 21 on the Eddie Campbell Field at Columbia State Community College. Before heading to Columbia for the ceremony, Goulder will oversee games for the Lady Cougars on Goulder Field for his 30th season.
He took over the program in 1987 and has compiled 724 victories entering the 2016 season. While winning nearly 70 percent of his games, Goulder has reached several Sub-State rounds while the Lady Cougars reached four straight State Tournaments from 2011-14.
During his career, Goulder has witnessed several of his players sign college scholarships like Cali Overbeck (Ole Miss), Sami Jo Schulz (Memphis), Jodie Duncan (UT-Martin) and current Lady Cougar Sam Scott (UT-Martin).
Goulder said all the awards and accolades belong to his players and the men and women who carried the bags, conducted practice, worked the first base line and assisted him on game planning.
“It’s humbling,” he said. “There have been so many great assistant coaches that we’ve had here over the years. They worked so hard and done so much.
“And they never get any of the recognition like Tony Reed, Bobby Wilson and Angie Gover now who is helping me out,” Goulder added. “That’s just three of them. They never get any of the press. They deserve it.”
Goulder said it takes great colleagues in your dugout and the opposing dugout to push a coach to an Hall of Fame level. But he most important part to an Hall of Fame resume’ is the players.
“Oh my goodness, I would leave somebody out if I started naming them,” he concluded. “You can be the best coach in the world with no talent, and nobody would know it. You can be the worst coach in the world with a lot of talent and they’re going to think you’re good.”