The Daily Southerner, Tarboro, NC


May 10, 2013

Tarboro native inducted into Wilmington Sports Hall of Fame

TARBORO — Tarboro native and Tarboro High graduate Martin "Glenn" Sasser was inducted into The Greater Wilimington Sports Hall of Fame Sunday.

Sasser was named to the All-Conference and All-State teams during his high school career. He was also selected to play in the Shrine Bowl game in 1960 and then played in the East-West game in 1961.

Sasser went on to further his career at NC State University. He played football there on a full athletic scholarship from 1961-65. During that time, he was named All-Atlantic Coast Conference and played in the Blue Gray game in 1964.

Sasser was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals and New York Jets in 1964.

He enjoyed being around the game of football and when he took his first football coaching position, he was the youngest 4-A football coach in North Carolina. He went on to coach at New Hanover High School and then took a job at Lanley High School where he was the first coach for that school when they opened the doors. He then coached at Myer Park High School in Charlotte. He then made his way back to Wilmington and coached at South Brunswick High School where he went to the playoffs and won a conference title.

In 1983, Sasser was named the Associated Press high school Coach of the Year and the Charlotte News and Observer Coach of the Year.

In 1987, Sasser started the BB&T football jamboree, which is now recognized as the largest and best in NC.

Recently, Sasser has competed in Masters Track shot put events. He has won titles all over the world. In 2008, he was the outdoor national champion in Spokane, Wash. In 2009, he was the indoor national champion in Landover, Md. and the world champion in Lahti, Finland. In 2010, he won an indoor title in Boston and an outdoor title in Sacramento, Ca.

Sasser is married to Mandy and they have two sons, Trey and Carey. Sasser also has four grandchildren.

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