Ex-coach provides boost for Wallace

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From the first round of the playoffs to the title game, Glenn Hills' run to its first Class AAA boys basketball state championship lasted exactly 15 days.

The lasting effects have lingered much longer.

"It's been a lot of fun," Glenn Hills boys basketball coach Richard Wallace said.

"One of the best things that happened during the entire run was my high school coach from Savannah came up to see us play."

Wallace, the Augusta Chronicle Georgia All-Area Boys Coach of the Year, relied on his former coach, Marion Dingle, as a source of inspiration to help the Spartans to the victory.

It didn't even require words.

"It wasn't so much verbally, but just his method, and him being there," Wallace said. "He had a get-it-done type method."

That's how Wallace's squad won this season.

These Spartans were Glenn Hills' first boys team, in any sport, to win a state championship and the first boys basketball squad in the Augusta area to win a state crown in 13 years.

Beyond the records, there's another accomplishment Wallace can take pride in.

"He's a great coach," senior Chris Reynolds said, "and he was a great mentor to me. He was like that for everyone on the team."

Reach Billy Byler at (803) 648-1395 or billy.byler@augustachronicle.com.

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