North Carolina High School Athletic Association

NCHSAA Hall Of Famer Glenn Nixon Dies


North Carolina High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame member Glenn Nixon, who built a great coaching legacy primarily at Clayton High School, has died at the age of 80.

His memorial service is scheduled for Thursday at 2:00 pm at First Baptist Church in Clayton. Visitation will follow the service in the church fellowship hall.

Born in Buffalo, New York, in 1931, he compiled a brilliant coaching record in football, although during his career he also coached baseball, track, golf and basketball.

A 1955 graduate of North Carolina State University, Nixon coached one year at Beulaville High in Duplin County and then went to Clayton, where he served as football coach and athletic director from 1959 to 1985. Following that stint, he served nine years as the athletic director for the Johnston County school system.

Nixon’s football teams rolled up an overall record of 203-95-4 and were perennial playoff contenders. He was head coach of the North Carolina Shrine Bowl team in 1982.

Nixon served a four-year term on the NCHSAA Board of Directors and was also very involved in the North Carolina High School Athletic Directors Association. He was the North Carolina Athletic Director of the Year, as chosen by that organization, in 1984-85. He was also active in civic and church activities in his community.