Glenn Hills will name its football stadium’s field in Quarles’ honor prior to the Spartans’ game against Cross Creek.
Quarles spent 24 years at Glenn Hills as a teacher, coach and athletic director. He oversaw two state championships as athletic director, both on the basketball court. He coached football, basketball, tennis and track.
He said one of his greatest accomplishments was sending numerous student-athletes to play at South Carolina State, where Quarles was a four-year letterman on the football team and is a member of the athletic department’s Hall of Fame.
“Athletics has been my life, and I’ve had some very good years,” Quarles said. “It’s been a great ride. Now, I try to continue to push youth to play. I enjoy giving back.”
Quarles said a group of his former students from the 1990s headed the movement to have the field named after him, a testament to his impact on those he coached.
“It’s a true blessing,” he said. “Glenn Hills was always my top priority, and I tried to do the best I could for the school. It was always first on my list to get things done. I’m very appreciative.”
The ceremony begins when Quarles leads the homecoming parade as grand marshal at 3 p.m. Glenn Hills will hold a cookout for Quarles and his family and friends, followed by the on-field ceremony at 7. The game is scheduled to begin at 7:30.
Beyond his time at Glenn Hills, Quarles is the president of the Greater Augusta Alumni Chapter for South Carolina State, and chairman of the sports committee for 100 Black Men of Augusta.