C.M. Page was a major influence in high school athletics in Glynn County for 36 years in his several coaching positions and also his eventual role as athletic director for the local school system.
Page was the head football coach at Glynn for 18 years, from 1944 to 1961, when he coached some of the Red Terrors’ best all-time teams. When he started at the school his challenge was to rekindle the football program that had been discontinued during World War II. He would become the winningest coach in school history and finished his 23-year coaching career with a 161-60-10 overall record. When he retired from coaching, he also was the second winningest coach in the state behind Valdosta legendary coach Wright Bazemore.
Page’s most powerful teams were the Terrors of 1948 and 1949. The 1949 team finished 11-2 while scoring 55 points in the first half against Lanier High of Macon in the South Georgia championship game before then falling to a Pepper Rodgers-led Brown High squad in the state championship game in Atlanta. The team also played in a national bowl game in Columbus after the season where it fell to Westfield (MA).
Page’s 1948 squad also went a perfect 10-0 during the regular season to become the first Glynn squad to go unbeaten in the regular season. It defeated Richmond Academy 20-0 in the region championship game before falling to Lanier 12-0 in the South Georgia title game.
Glynn’s 1958 team, featuring star running back and future Glynn County Sports Hall of Fame inductee George Rose, also finished the regular-season unbeaten before finishing 10-1 after a 12-6 loss to LaGrange in the South Georgia championship game.
In all, Page coached six championship teams and had 47 players go on to play in college. He was named State Coach of the Year four times during his time with the Glynn program and also coached the South All-Stars in the Georgia High School All-Star Game played in Atlanta.
In his early days at Glynn, Page also coached basketball, baseball, track and tennis. He coached several championship teams in basketball, two of which were undefeated. In his seven seasons coaching track, four of his teams won region championships.
Page would accept the newly established position of director of athletics and physical education for Glynn County Schools in 1962. In this role, he was influential in expanding the scope of athletics locally, regionally and statewide. He served as region president for 20 years and also served on the Georgia High School Association Executive Committee for numerous terms.
After his retirement in 1979, the region athletic directors established the C.M. Page Award which is presented annually to the regional high school accumulating the most points in a school year in competitive activities including varsity athletics, various academic competitions and other qualifying categories.
Page began his coaching career at Lyons in 1939, becoming the school’s head football coach at age 22. He coached three years there, winning two championships and having one perfect season. He then coached one season at both Jesup and Fitzgerald before coming to Glynn.
Page received a bachelor’s degree in biology from Piedmont College and a master’s degree in Educational Administration from Mercer University. During his undergraduate years, he lettered in football, basketball and baseball while serving as captain for each team. He was selected the Most Valuable Athlete at Piedmont by the college and also the Demerest community in both his junior and senior years. As a senior, he also was named a Small-College All-American in football.
Page is deceased.