Bartow High School strikes again.
As I wrote about a couple of weeks ago, Bright House Sports Network is currently doing a countdown of the top 20 coaches in the Tampa Bay area across all high school sports. It’s a cool list, and they are considering more than just wins and losses (character, community impact, etc., are also considered).
Bartow boys basketball coach Terrence McGriff was the only Polk coach who had been listed as of Monday, coming in at No. 13. Now he has company.
Bartow softball coach Glenn Rutenbar was selected as the No. 6 overall coach, with the news being released on Tuesday morning. That makes Bartow the only school to have two coaches in the top 20 so far.
Rutenbar was a no-brainer for me, having won seven state championships that included five in a row last decade. Bartow has basically become the standard by which other programs in the county for sure measure themselves, and by which many in the state do as well. The Yellow Jackets made it to the FHSAA Finals this past season but couldn’t come away with the title.
Honestly, I think he could be ranked No. 1 overall.
Glenn is a great guy and incredibly focused on his job. He’s produced some dominant pitchers, from Melissa Parsons to Lindsey Littlejohn to Courtney Putnam to now Lauren West. His teams have also given Bartow a ton of pride.
So congrats to Glenn and the Bartow softball program on an honor well-deserved.