Glenn Sylvest, a Montgomery Academy graduate who has coached at the school for the last 12 years, including nine as the girls basketball coach, is leaving.
Sylvest, 33, has accepted a job with Brookstone School in Columbus, Ga., and starts there next month.
“We’re real excited for him, but it’s sad we’ll have a different coach,” junior Lillian Roth said. “It’s hard, but we’re all excited for him.”
Sylvest was 194-70 in nine seasons as the girls basketball coach with three state semifinal appearances and six regional berths. Sylvest was also an assistant girls soccer and football coach.
“I’ve never known anything but MA,” Sylvest said. “I’ve been associated with the school for so long that I have mixed emotions, but this move will be good for me both personally and professionally.”
Sylvest will be the varsity girls basketball coach at Brookstone. He’ll also coach middle school football and middle school boys soccer while teaching lower school and intermediate school physical education.
“We’re going to miss him a lot,” junior Garrett Barnes said. “He was really part of the MA family and part of everything I did sports-wise, whether basketball or soccer. I’m sure he’ll bring a lot of energy and fun to the school where he’s going.”
The MA girls basketball team had just one losing season under Sylvest — 12-16 in 2007-08. The Eagles reached the state semifinals in 2007, 2011 and 2012.
“We know MA is his family, and he spent a lot of time here and put a lot of heart and effort into it, but he should definitely be excited about his new job and where he’s going,” senior Elizabeth Bear said.
“We all had a lot of really good times together.”
Sylvest graduated from MA in 1997 and was that year’s Hitchcock Award winner. Counting his time as a pre-kindergarten student, he’s been associated with the school for 26 years.
“I’m grateful for the opportunities I was given at Montgomery Academy the whole time I was there,” Sylvest said. “MA has been a family for me, and I’m going to miss those people tremendously.”