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Burnell Glanzer



The 1971 Freeman High and 1975 University of South Dakota grad was one of the most successful boys basketball coaches in state history, guiding Armour (and Tripp-Delmont/Armour) to a 617-209 record in 37 seasons.

He was just the third South Dakota boys basketball coach to reach the 600-win mark. He led Armour's Packers to a state-record 64-game win streak from 1978-80. That streak included one of the most famous games in state history, Armour's overtime win over Beresford for the 1979 state Class B title. Glanzer's teams reached 12 “B’’ tourneys with three state titles (1978-79 and ’97) and two runner-up finishes (1977 and ’83).

He coached Armour boys and girls track for 32 years prior to his appointment as superintendent in 2009. His boys teams were state Class B champions in 1978, 1979 and 1981, while the girls won state "B" titles in 1981, 1982 and 1983. He retired as a coach in 2012.

He also refereed football and girls basketball for many years. He officiated 15 consecutive state tourneys. He stopped reffing when girls basketball was switched from fall to winter.

He also directed Hansen & Anderson basketball camps for more than 30 years.

In 2001 he was the state recipient of the National Federation Officials Association “Active Official Award,’’ and in 2002 he was inducted into the South Dakota Basketball Coaches Hall of Shrine.

He was a finalist for National Federation High School Basketball "Coach of the Year" in 2012. He was inducted into the South Dakota High School Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2013. He received the Distinguished Service Award from the South Dakota High School Activities Association.


































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