Kenneth Torrence began his fifth season as head coach at Glades Central High School this year.
He took over the job in 2012 and had been the schools junior varsity coach for eight years.
“It’s not about me, this is about the kids. My athletic career is over, I have my time and I enjoyed it. Whatever role I can play in helping with the full development in the life of our kids, I will play that role.”
Torrence was a player for the Raiders during his playing days. He is also a deputy for Palm Beach County.
Torrence first move when he became a head coach was to form a freshman team and give more kids a chance to grow their skills in basketball.
The team this year is (4-9) and has been very competitive. Top players include Siurpry Rinvil, Dejuan Miller, Raheem Alford, and Big Willy Canty.
At present the Raiders are battling with Lincoln Park Academy for a District Title this year.
Torrence said he thanks God, Principal Mrs. Angela Moore, and the Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office Police Athletic League for their support.
Corporate sponsors this year of the team include Wedgworth Farms, Popeyes, First Serve, My Doctor PA, and the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office West Detention Center.
“Your support and generous sponsorships of the Glades Central basketball program has provided me with a wonderful opportunity to give back to the community as a coach and mentor,” he explained.
Torrence said it will take patience and time to build a solid basketball program. He wants all of the kids to become role models in the classroom, on the court and in the community.
“Our saying is all in all the time. This means conduct yourself in a positive way at all times by being respectful and having self-discipline,” he added.
Torrence said he believes in second chances and has an open door to all young men who want to commit themselves to the program.
“I would love to see more of the men in our community get involved with making a difference in the lives of our young men. It takes a village. Help make the Glades great again by investing in our young people who are the future.”
Freshmen Head Coach Hygens Succes has begun his first season at Glades Central. He graduated from the University of Florida. He lettered in both football and basketball while at Glades Central and was a player under coach Torrence. He currently teaches at Lake Shore Middle School. He is credited with having a great rapport with the younger players.
Deandre Holley began his third season as junior varsity coach this year. He graduated from Stillman College in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. He lettered in both football and basketball while at Glades Central.
Holley was a starter as a freshman for the Raider varsity. He also is praised for his excellent rapport with the players.
Dennis Knabb is Assistant Coach for the Raiders. He is in his 15th year at Glades Central.
He also assists the program by keeping statistics and working behind the scenes. He helps with paper work, collects insurance fees, washes uniforms and does anything he can to assist the team.
Coach Torrence said he greatly appreciates Coach Knabb and his support and dedication to the basketball program.