By Steve Short
She’s been a star athlete, coach, fitness trainer and public health educator.
Now she adds YMCA Chief Executive to her resume.
Tymikia Glenn, formerly the program director and fitness coordinator at the Milan Family YMCA, was last week named as the new director of the Y.
“It is kind of a surprise,” Ms. Glenn said. “I was honored they offered me the position and blessed that they think of me that highly. You never know what people think of you. It is a blessing to be chosen.”
She succeeds Michael Talerico who left June 30 and returned to a position in the Tuscaloosa, Alabama area where he has family. “Michael is from that area, and that puts him back near his parents,” Glenn said. “He wanted to be back closer to home.”
Ms. Glenn, a record-holding track star at the Univ. of Tenn. Martin, will continue to coach the Milan High School cross country team this season. She has also coached the Milan High track team and has assisted with girls’ basketball.
“I didn’t want to leave that void,” she said about the cross country position. “The Y board agreed to let me keep coaching cross country. I won’t be coaching track, but would love to volunteer my time.”
She said she has many ideas she would like to implement at the Y.
“I’m hoping to keep the Y going so that we grow and continue to reach out to kids and families in the community that want our services,” she said.
Milan and other area Y’s have faced financial challenges in recent years. The Jackson Y has closed. Trenton’s Y closed temporarily to reorganize financially, but has since reopened.
“Money is always first and foremost as a challenge,” said Ms. Glenn. “You can never have enough money. I believe our Y has sustained because the community does a whole lot to help. It’s amazing to see how many people give, from the smallest amount to thousands of dollars. The community helps our Y flourish and keeps it open. Our families and donors are the largest part of our support; they go above and beyond.”
The Milan Y has about 15 employees, including some part-time positions. The Y’s fundraising campaign started in June and continues through August.
“We missed the whole month of July for our campaign,” said Glenn. “We’ve had more cards go out and should get more donations. We are more than happy to accept donations at any time. Any little bit helps.” To make a contribution or learn more call the Milan Y at 731-686-9000.
Ms. Glenn is considering adopting two new programs at the Milan Y that have received attention because of the summer Olympics – a gymnastics program and a runners’ club.
“I’m hoping we can get more fitness related programming going,” she added. “I would like to do something like a ‘fall into fitness’ program. I’m also hoping we can use the new park trail path with a running club and as a guide for a cross country track meet.”
A Memphis native, Glenn excelled on the track team at Memphis Central High, competing in many events, including the 100-meter and 400-meter hurdles and triple jump. She attended the Univ. of Tenn. Martin on scholarship and set numerous school records. She still owns 8 UTM records in track and field, including the fastest time for females in the 60 meter hurdles and 60 meter dash indoors. She held the UTM record for 400 meter hurdles until recently.
She graduated from UTM with a B.S. in Health and Human Performance and worked as a Public Health Educator in Weakley and Obion County.
She is married to Milan Police Sgt. Nicholas Glenn, a former UTM football player and assistant coach, who is now a Milan school Resource Officer. They reside in Milan and are parents to three boys who are all active in sports and other activities.