Jeff Garmon, an assistant football coach at Glasgow High School, has been selected Assistant Coach of the Year by the Kentucky High School Coaches Association.
“I am not sure I am deserving of this honor, but I am very humbled to have been selected,” Garmon said in a phone interview Tuesday. “I feel very fortunate and privileged to have worked at two great schools (Corbin and Glasgow) with great football traditions.
“I have worked with some really good coaches and have had the honor of coaching some very good players over the years.”
“He’s very deserving of this honor,” said Glasgow head coach Rick Wood. “He did a great job at Corbin High School for many years and he’s obviously done a great job for us over the past four years.
“He has a great relationship with the kids. He’s a good teacher on the field and in the classroom. And those things go hand-in-hand. And he has the ability to get the kids to work and play hard and that’s a pretty good combination in our business.”
Garmon said coaching is about developing relationships with his players.
“I have always believed you have to get to know the players,” Garmon said. “I think you have to work hard and treat the kids right. I also believe you have to lead your players by example. We believe at Glasgow even the smallest task is important (to the success of the program).”
During Garmon’s four years with the Scotties, he has helped guide Glasgow to a 42-9 record, including four district championships, one regional and semi-state championship, a regional runner-up title and a Class 2A state runner-up victory.
Garmon will now compete with coaches from other states for possible regional and national honors.
“Jeff does the defense for us and we go over everything. But, I have always believed when someone does your defense you have to let them do it,” Wood explained. “We quiz each other when we’re game planning, but on Friday night it is his baby.”
“I have been very fortunate to work with some very good coaches and I have learned a lot from them,” Garmon relayed. “And I am still learning today.
“Being an assistant coach is important, but it is not about who the head coach is and who the assistant coach is. It is about working together and leaving your egos at the door.”
While coaching at Corbin for 12 years, Garmon helped guide that team to a record of 103-45, including six district titles, one region and semi-state championship, three regional runner-up titles and a state runner-up trophy.