One thing I have learned is that good friends have other good friends. This is a series of stories about “friends of my friends”. The post below is the story for April 25, 2015.
My goal in 2015 is to learn or get re-acquainted with 365 people and doing a daily post on the “the friend of a friend” is helping me get closer to my goal.
It is amazing the things that people remember about certain experiences. It is also surprising that the things that we do that seem insignificant or small to us have a huge impact on people’s lives. In the late 1970’s I was employed at Pembroke State (Today UNC Pembroke) as Assistant Basketball Coach/Lecturer. I had been there for two years and I was enjoying my career. According to a student attending Pembroke at the time I spent time with him that I didn’t deem significant but he viewed as life changing. That student today is a friend.
When you are only slightly older than the students you teach or coach it presents advantages when it comes to communication. At that time we had a student athletic trainer named Allan Glenn who was from Terry Sanford HS in Fayetteville, NC. We didn’t have full time athletic trainer and had to rely on enthusiastic students like Allan to assist our team as a trainer. Allan was one of those young men that helped our men’s basketball team in that area. I developed a relationship with him and stressed to him and all the players on the team the importance of a college degree.
Allan like a lot young people in college momentarily lost his focus and direction. One day he and I talked and to be perfectly honest I do not remember many details but the gist was he was frustrated and down. He did not see any way he could graduate from college. I helped him devise a plan on what courses to take and that was pretty much what I can recall. Allan graduated from college in 1981 and he has been very generous in publically stating I was the reason for him completing college. I am flattered but not sure it is deserving.
Allan left college and eventually found himself in a successful career in the Information Technology field. That career took him away from North Carolina to the west coast. Today he lives in Bellevue, Washington with his wife Candy who he has known for forty years. They have two beautiful daughters. He is a passionate Seattle Seahawks fan and no matter what type of weather he attends the games.
Picture below of Candy and Allan Glenn
Fast forward from Allan graduating from college in 1981 to 2000. The two of us got reconnected when he came back home to North Carolina for visit. During that visit he came back to campus. I was serving as the athletic director and we spoke about some ideas to honor his dad who had passed away. We toured the campus and he found the changes and the name (UNC Pembroke) amazing. We pledged to stay in touch.
During this visit Allan told me how he discovered Pembroke as a college choice. It was thru his dad Raymond Hagmeier who was a college umpire and official. As a young boy Allan got to come to a Pembroke Baseball game during the early 1970’s and got hooked on it as a place to attend college.
Raymond Hagmeier wasn’t just Allan Glenn dad he was his role model.
The Friend- ALLAN GLENN and Family
The Friend of the Friend – RAYMOND HAGMEIER
The umpire and the UNC Pembroke Legacy
in 2000 Allan Glenn and I discussed honoring his dad’s legacy by creating an endowed scholarship at UNC Pembroke in Athletic Training. Allan wanted to give back to his alma mater and assist students who would major in Athletic Training. We discussed what it would take and Allan went to work. He wanted to create the Glenn/Hagmeier Athletic Training Scholarship to honor his dad Raymond Hagmeier.
He had five years to meet the endowment threshold but he didn’t have the patience to wait five years and do things slow and methodical. Allan set out to create a golf tournament and not any tournament it was Raymond’s Tournament that he held ever year in Fall City, Washington with the proceeds going to the Glenn/Hagmeier Endowed Scholarship. With the proceeds from that tournament Allan was able to get the endowment way past the minimum threshold and help deserving UNCP students fund part of their education.
Allan with previous scholarship recipients
Raymond Hagmeier called lots of baseball games at UNC Pembroke in the 1960’s and 1970’s. I am sure that he might have missed a call or two. A call he got right was bringing his son to the ballgame and influencing him to attend college there. That call led an assistant basketball coach to spend an hour encouraging his son and devising an academic game plan, that call allowed a friend of the assistant coach to become refocused and graduate, then that friend made the right call in honoring his dad by creating an endowed scholarship, that scholarship became the right call in helping young people accomplish their dream and goals, and finally a son made the right call in following his dad’s footsteps and doing some umpiring.
Picture of Allan umpiring in 2012
Raymond Hagmeier may not be with us but make no doubt he got the call right the night he brought Allan Glenn to a Pembroke baseball game. No instant replay needed he got the call right and the lives that decision have impacted is no small or insignificant thing.
Thanks Allan. Thanks Raymond-“Play Ball”