Barta Extends Joe Glenn's Contract

March 31, 2005


University of Wyoming Athletics Director Gary Barta announced Thursday a one-year contract extension for Head Football Coach Joe Glenn that includes a retirement annuity. The contract has been extended through the 2009 football season.

In addition, Barta said he is renewing the contracts of Glenn's assistant coaches, and rewarding the staff with bowl bonuses for Wyoming's victory over UCLA in the Pioneer PureVision Las Vegas Bowl.

Glenn's retirement annuity would be worth $200,000, if he remains at Wyoming through the length of his contract. If Glenn leaves before the completion of his contract, the annuity would be calculated on a prorated scale.

"Like all of Wyoming, we are impressed with Joe and his entire staff," Barta said. "From the classroom to the performance on the field, they have done a tremendous job with this program. This is another way for us to demonstrate our support. We want them to be here for a long, long time."

The annuity was created in lieu of a raise since the state of Wyoming is in a non-raise year, Barta said.

"This is a terrific vote of confidence for us," Glenn said. "As a staff we appreciate that vote. There's an old saying, `make me feel good and I will produce'. We want to produce for this University, and for Wyoming."

The Cowboys finished the 2004 season with a 7-5 record, the best in five seasons, appeared in a bowl for the first time in 11 seasons, and won a bowl game for the first time in 38 years.

"As great as the season felt, with a 7-5 record," Barta said, "we know there is plenty of room for improvement, and we are excited about the direction we are headed."

Glenn, 56, became Wyoming's 30th head coach on December 12, 2002.