USC Upstate head track and field coach Carson Blackwelder announced the hiring of Andy Glass as an assistant track and field coach and Wenzler Butler as an assistant track and field coach.
“It is good to have to coaches like Coach Glass and Coach Butler here to build this program,” Blackwelder said.
Glass is in his first year with the Spartan Track and Field team. He will be the assistant coach working primarily with the athletes of the Throwing events. Previously, Glass coached at Briar Cliff University for five years where his throwing event athletes qualified for the National Championships a total of 14 times. Glass also coached 3 athletes to become All-Americans, including two men’s Javelin throwers that helped the Briar Cliff men’s team tie for 9th place at the NAIA National Championships in 2016.
Prior to his work at Briar Cliff, Glass threw at Southeast Missouri State University and was All Ohio Valley Conference a total of 10 times. He was also the 2008 OVC outdoor shot put champion helping the Redhawks to a men’s team Ohio Valley Conference Championship, one of two team titles that Glass was a part of.
Glass earned his Bachelor’s Degree from Southeast Missouri State University and a Master’s of Art in Human Resource Management from Briar Cliff University. He is also a USA Track and Field level 1 certified coach.
Butler arrives at Upstate after spending last season as a sprints and jumps coach at Wade Hampton High School where he led the men’s team to a seventh place finish and the women’s team to a 12th place finish at the state championship meet.
In a career that has taken him to several schools in the region, Butler has coached a state champion in the 200-meter dash, 400-meter dash and 400-meter hurdles and has guided many others to qualifying for district and state meets. As the coach of the Greer All-Stars AAU team, Butler has won 13 consecutive state championships with 139 state champions in sprints and jumps and five national champions in sprints and hurdles. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Clafflin University in 2006. While at Clafflin, Butler was a two-time conference and regional champion while running the 100-meter dash, 200-meter dash, 4×100-meter relay and 4×400-meter relay.
Upstate opens the 2016-17 indoor track season at the UNCG Early Bird on Dec. 4 in Winston-Salem, N.C.