Posted at: 05/07/2013 6:30 PM
(ABC 6 NEWS) -- Myron Glass' journey with girls' basketball started as a bit of an after-thought.
"I was the assistant boys, the B-Squad boys [coach] at the time and they said 'well just take it for a year or two.’ So I said, alright I'll do it for two years and that was 30 years ago," said Lourdes girls’ basketball coach Myron Glass.
It’s ending next year, after 700 wins and eight state championships.
"You never expect the success you have; you just take the kids that you have and try to have fun and try to teach them. You try to get them to play to their best of their ability and then let the chips fall where they may," Glass said.
Glass is the second most wins as a coach in girls' basketball in the state of Minnesota. But after next year, he will make his exit from Lourdes athletics.
"I was just hoping he would come back,” said Lourdes activities director Marv Peters. “As we go to our new school, I'm going to need somebody that has some history. We need to figure a lot of things out next year and I'll be glad to have Myron with me."
Glass said coaching was his calling, and he has played a huge part in the growth of girls' athletics in the last 40 years, which is something he takes great pride in.
"I had 70 girls show up for the first practice for track, and of course there was nothing else except for cheerleading for them,” explained Myron. “We did one lap around the track and one girl made it all the way without having to stop. So, we've progressed a lot since then. To be part of it, my role in things, makes me proud."
Myron has one final year with the Eagles. Marv Peters will surely miss him. "Myron is one of my best friends," Peters said.
In fact, the entire Lourdes community will miss him. But his legacy won't be forgotten.
"As a young adult, you just don't know what God has in store for you or what's going to happen down the line,” said Glass. “For me, it's all been very good."