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Joe Glenn Named New USD Football Coach



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VERMILLION, S.D. – A new era of football began Monday at The University of South Dakota with the naming of Joe Glenn of Lincoln, Neb., as the school’s 29th head coach.  South Dakota Athletic Director David Sayler introduced Glenn at a press conference in the Muenster University Center (MUC) on the USD campus.

 

“When I visited with the media and the fans when the process of looking for a new coach started, we were talking about four things – leadership, discipline, working within the academic mission of the university and winning conference championships,” Sayler said at the press conference.  “Those are things that are important to me.  They are part of my core values and who I am, and they’re certainly part of what I expect from our football program.  What I can tell you today, without any doubt in my mind whatsoever, I have found someone who checks every single one of those boxes.  When I talk about conference championships, I will put in two checks in that box because he also has national championships.”

 

Glenn, a 2006 University of South Dakota Hall of Fame inductee, returns to his alma mater where he served as backfield coach under former head coach Joe Salem in 1974.  Glenn helped lead the Coyotes to an 8-3 record and a 5-2 mark in the North Central Conference tying for first place in the league. Glenn graduated from the University of South Dakota in 1971 with a bachelor’s degree in health, physical education, recreation and athletics.  Glenn played both quarterback and wide receiver for the Coyotes under Salem.  He received his master’s degree in education from USD in 1975. 

 

“Words can’t express how I feel right now,” Glenn said.  “This is a Kodak moment for me.  It’s full circle, especially to come back to the university where you played and coached with Joe Salem.  I want to thank President Jim Abbott, Athletic Director David Sayler and Senior Associate Athletic Director David Herbster for showing the confidence in me and for believing my leadership and experience can help at this university.”

 

Following his year as backfield coach at USD in Salem’s final year at the helm of the Coyote program, Glenn was the backfield coach at Northern Arizona University in 1975 before he received his first head coaching position at Doane College in Crete, Neb.  Glenn was the youngest head college football coach at 27 when he took over at Doane.  Over four seasons, he compiled a 21-18-1 record and then began his first stint at the University of Montana as quarterbacks coach, wide receivers coach and offensive coordinator from 1980 to 1985.

 

“You couldn’t have picked a more proud person to have this position,” Glenn said.  “I promise you this – one of things I looked at, when they offered me the job, was you have a chance to go back to your university and do something that they’re asking you to do and go to it with every fiber you have in your body and with all you’ve got.  Here I am, and I am so proud to be USD’s football coach.”

 

Glenn then joined the staff of the University of Northern Colorado as quarterbacks and kicking coach in 1987 and was elevated to head coach in 1989.  While at Northern Colorado, he built the Bears into an NCAA Division II national power.  UNC captured back-to-back Division II National Championships in 1996 and 1997, becoming only the fourth Division II school in history to repeat as national champions.  The Bears appeared in the Division II playoffs seven out of 11 seasons as Glenn posted a 98-35 (.737) mark – a 70-28 (.714) mark in the North Central Conference.  He concluded his UNC career by leading the Bears to the North Central Conference title in each of his final three seasons – 1997, 1998 and 1999.

 

For three seasons from 2000-2002, Glenn enjoyed enormous success as he returned to the University of Montana as head coach.  This time, he guided the Griz to a 39-6 (.867) record, including a 20-2 (.909) record in the Big Sky Conference.  He won two Big Sky titles in 2000 and 2001, and tied for the conference title in 2002.  Montana played in the NCAA Division I-AA National Championship game in both 2000 and 2001, finishing as the national runner-up in 2000 and winning the National Championship in 2001.  The Grizzlies also advanced to the I-AA quarterfinals in 2002.  His 86.7 winning percentage was the best in the history of the Big Sky Conference, a conference that produced such coaches as John L. Smith, Dennis Erickson, Sonny Lubick and Jim Sweeney.  From the third game of the 2001 season to the 10th game of the 2002 season, Montana won 24 consecutive games, tying the I-AA all-time record.  His 2001 squad set a school record with 15 wins en route to a 15-1 record and the national title.

 

As head coach at Northern Colorado and Montana, Glenn led his teams to 14 consecutive winning seasons.

 

One of his trademarks during his coaching career has been his ability to motivate and build relationships with his players.  He often tells his players that he has only one rule for them to follow “Be a Good Guy.” Being a good guy is a characteristic that the coach, himself, displays by example.

 

Glenn then was named the 30th head football coach at the University of Wyoming on Dec. 12, 2002, where he was the head coach for six seasons.  In just his second season in Laramie, he guided the Cowboys to a 7-5 record and a thrilling 24-21 victory over UCLA in the Las Vegas Bowl on Dec. 23, 2004, marking the first bowl appearance for Wyoming in 11 years and its first bowl victory in 38 years.

 

For his career, Glenn has compiled a 188-100-1 (.652) record in 24 seasons as a head coach.  He has coached 34 seasons overall as either a head coach or an assistant coach.

 

Glenn was born Mar. 7, 1949, and he and his wife Michele are both natives of Lincoln, Neb.  They have two adult children, a daughter Erin and a son Casey and two grandchildren.  Casey was an All-American offensive lineman at Carroll College in Helena, Mont., where he graduated in 2002 when Carroll won its first of five NAIA National Championships.  He was the offensive line coach and speed coach at South Dakota in 2004, helping guide the Coyotes to a 9-2 record.

 

The Coyotes finished the final season of the Great West Conference with a 6-5 record including wins over defending national champion and then-No. 1-ranked Eastern Washington University 30-17 and a thrilling 24-19 win over then No. 22-ranked Southern Utah on Dakota Days.  The Coyotes now will move into the Missouri Valley Football Conference in 2012.

 

“Our success begins with a winning coaching staff,” Glenn added.  “We will have winning teachers, winning people and high character people on and off the field. We’ve got to recruit…it’s the lifeblood of everybody’s program.  We will recruit speed, we will recruit winners on and off the field, we will recruit team captains and we will recruit all-around athletes.  When I heard what they were looking for, I knew my calling.”

 

Joe Glenn Coaching Career

Year

Team

Overall

Conference

Standing

Bowl/playoffs

Doane College Tigers (Nebraska Intercollegiate Athletic Conference) (1976–1979)

1976

Doane

5-5

2-3

         

1977

Doane

5-5

3-2

         

1978

Doane

6-4

3-2

         

1979

Doane

5-4-1

1-3-1

         

Doane:

21-18-1

9-10-1

   

Northern Colorado Bears (North Central Conference) (1989–1999)

 

1989

Northern Colorado

6–4

5-4

T4th

       

1990

Northern Colorado

8–3

6-3

3rd

L Division II 1st Round

     

1991

Northern Colorado

8–3

6-2

2nd

L Division II 1st Round

     

1992

Northern Colorado

6–5

4-5

T7th

       

1993

Northern Colorado

8–3

6-3

T3rd

       

1994

Northern Colorado

7–4

6-3

T2nd

       

1995

Northern Colorado

9–3

7-2

T2nd

L Division II 1st Round

     

1996

Northern Colorado

12–3

6-3

T2nd

W Division II Championship Game

     

1997

Northern Colorado

13–2

8-1

1st

W Division II Championship Game

     

1998

Northern Colorado

11–2

8-1

T1st

L Division II Quarterfinal

     

1999

Northern Colorado

11–2

8-1

T1st

L Division II Quarterfinal

     

Northern Colorado:

98–35

70-28

   

Montana Grizzlies (Big Sky Conference) (2000–2002)

 

2000

Montana

13–2

8-0

1st

L Division I-AA Championship Game

     

2001

Montana

15–1

7-0

1st

W Division I-AA Championship Game

     

2002

Montana

11–2

5-2

T1st

L Division I-AA Quarterfinal

     

Montana:

39–6

20-2

   

Wyoming Cowboys (Mountain West Conference) (2003–2008)

 

2003

Wyoming

4–8

2-5

T–7th

       

2004

Wyoming

7–5

3-4

T–4th

W Las Vegas

     

2005

Wyoming

4–7

2-6

8th

       

2006

Wyoming

6–6

5-3

T–3rd

       

2007

Wyoming

5–7

2–6

T–7th

       

2008

Wyoming

4–8

1–7

T–8th

       

Wyoming:

30–41

15-31

   

Total:

188-100-1

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