During the season opener Aug. 31 against Rome the football field was officially named the Timothy D. Glanton Sr. Field, an effort initiated by former South Paulding Touchdown Club president Jack Daniels and Glanton’s former principal, Kimberly Fraker, who is now in the same job at East Paulding High School.
Daniels called Glanton “one of the most dedicated and influential men on kids that Paulding County has, not just South Paulding.”
“He has helped these kids in every walk of life and he’ll do anything for them,” Daniels said. “He’s a mentor, very religious and a great all-around person.”
The University of West Georgia graduate served as an assistant at a number of schools, including Calhoun and Tift County, and began his career as a head football coach at Brooks County in 1998. He became head coach at East Paulding in 2003 and moved to South Paulding as the school’s first head football coach in 2006.
Glanton, 46, is married to his “beautiful, loving wife” Latonya and has two children, Megan, 19, and Tim Jr., 18.
The coach said it’s a “great honor” to have such a dedication and for his works to be recognized.
Although many know Glanton is a coach, he said his service is more than what he has done on the field — despite it only being about the final score in his younger days.
“When I got into coaching, you know way back when, it was about wins and losses. But as I matured and got older and got kids of my own it became more about serving the individual and being an impact on kids.
“As I got older then it became about being an impact not only on kids, not only on the school, but on the community and I think since we’ve been here at South Paulding that we’ve done that,” Glanton said.
Glanton also explained a more personal side to his service and how he has made an impact on some of his players by being a parental figure in their lives.
“The biggest thing is the influence that coach has on an individual kid, it’s powerful,” he said. “We’ve had kids that have come in this program that have had discipline problems, kids that have had no home life and pretty much what we’ve done is been that catalyst.
“We’ve been that father; we’ve been that mom when we’ve needed to be mom. We’ve taken kids on trips, we’ve helped kids get in school. We’ve tried to be all that we can be, more than just coach for these kids,” Glanton said.