June 13, 2006
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
To ensure continuity and success within the University of Wyoming football program, athletics director Gary Barta announced Tuesday that he is extending the contract of head coach Joe Glenn through the 2010 season. The new contract will include an annuity incentive for both Glenn and each member of his coaching staff.
Glenn is entering his fourth season at Wyoming. He became the school's 30th head football coach on December 12, 2002.
"Joe is a great fit for Wyoming," Barta said, "and we are going to do everything we can in the areas of facilities, budget and compensation to keep him here until he retires. This latest contract adjustment is set up for five years and will take him through the 2010 season.
"When Joe was hired, everyone knew what kind of shape the program was in, and how far it had to go," Barta continued. "We recognize we are not there yet. But since he and his staff arrived in 2003, they have continued to build a solid program. We have every confidence that it will continue to grow. Enthusiasm for Joe and Cowboy football is extremely high throughout the state."
In addition to the extension, if Glenn remains through the length of his contract, he will receive a retirement annuity as part of his compensation package worth $300,000. His base salary is $150,324. With incentives, his salary exceeds $450,000 annually.
Glenn's assistant coaches have an incentive built into each of their respective contracts as well, Barta said. Each assistant, who remains on staff for three seasons, will receive a total of $50,000 in incentives.
"This is a tremendous vote of confidence for me, and for our coaches," Glenn said. "One of the most important keys to success is continuity and stability. This certainly enhances our ability for success."
"The salary and compensation packages for UW coaches in every sport has become much more competitive," Barta said. "This is another creative way for Wyoming to keep good coaches for the long haul."
Glenn, 57 (March 7, 1949), enters the 2006 season with a 15-20 record at Wyoming, and a victory over UCLA in the 2004 Las Vegas Bowl. He inherited a program that had won a total of five games during the previous three seasons prior to his arrival. Not only has he energized Cowboy football, but Wyoming alumni and fans throughout the country.
Glenn has won three national championships and six conference titles while posting 17 winning seasons in 21 years as a head coach. Glenn's teams won the NCAA I-AA National Championship at Montana in 2001, and won two NCAA Division II National Championships at Northern Colorado in 1996 and 1997. He has been named National Coach of the Year three times. During his collegiate head-coaching career, he has won 68.6 percent of his games, posting a 173-79-1 record. He is entering his 22nd season as a head coach this fall.
Highly respected in his field, Glenn is one of 16 college coaches across the nation currently serving on the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Board of Trustees. The AFCA includes over 10,000 members from all levels of the football coaching profession.
A 1971 graduate of the University of South Dakota, Glenn earned a bachelor of arts degree in health, physical education, recreation and athletics. He played both quarterback and wide receiver for the Coyotes. He earned his master's degree in education from South Dakota, in 1975.