Joe Glenn is leading the University of Wyoming Football program for the sixth season in 2008. During his first five years at Wyoming, Glenn and his coaching staff recorded a number of accomplishments that re-energized both his players and Cowboy fans.
Among Wyoming's accomplishments during the Glenn era are:
The impact of Glenn and his staff hasn't only been recognized in the state of Wyoming, but has been acknowledged by football experts across the Mountain West Conference and the nation. In the spring of 2005, Wyoming received recognition in a number of college football preseason Top 25 polls. When the 2004 season concluded with the bowl victory over UCLA, Wyoming received votes in the final ESPN/USA Today Coaches' Poll. That marked the first time since 1996 that Wyoming had ended a season receiving votes in a national poll. The summer following that Las Vegas Bowl victory saw the Sporting News feature Glenn in a cover story, recognizing his turnaround of the Cowboy Football program. At the conclusion of the 2003 season, MWC media members voted Wyoming as the "2004 Team on the Rise." In the voting, conducted by the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Wyoming received 53 percent of the votes. The next closest school received 20 percent.
Glenn's proven record as a winner and his magnetic personality have made an immediate impact on the attitude surrounding Cowboy Football.
Glenn enters the 2008 season having won three national championships, six conference titles and posted 17 winning seasons in 23 years as a head coach. Glenn's teams won the NCAA Division I-AA National Championship at Montana in 2001, and won two NCAA Division II National Championships at Northern Colorado in 1996 and 1997. Over his career as a head coach at the collegiate level, he has won 66.6 percent of his games, posting a 184-92-1 record. Glenn will be coaching in his 24th season as a college head coach in 2008.
He credits much of his teams' successes through the years to the contributions and stability of his coaching staff.
"One of the keys to our success has been the quality of individuals on our coaching staff," said Glenn. "I believe to have continued success that it is critical to not only attract the best coaches possible, but to also keep them together as a staff. I'm so proud of the job our coaches have done, and I am thankful that they have chosen to stay together as a group. I feel very lucky to have my staff."
For three seasons from 2000-02, Glenn enjoyed enormous success at the University of Montana. He guided the Griz to a 39-6 (.867) record, including a 20-2 (.909) record in the Big Sky Conference. He won two outright 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 through 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.
Prior to leading Montana through three extremely successful seasons, Glenn spent 11 years as the head coach at the University of Northern Colorado, where he built the Bears into an NCAA Division II national power. UNC captured back-to-back Division II National Championships in 1996 and `97, 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, and Glenn posted a 98-35 (.737) mark -- 70-28 (.714) in the North Central Conference. He concluded his UNC career by leading the Bears to North Central Conference titles in each of his final three seasons -- 1997, `98 and `99.
During his distinguished career, Glenn has been honored numerous times by his peers. His most recent honor came in 2002 when he was selected Big Sky Conference Co-Coach of the Year by his fellow Big Sky coaches. It marked the third consecutive season that Glenn won or shared that honor. He was also named the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Division I-AA Region 5 Coach of the Year in 2002, marking the second consecutive season he earned that honor. In 2000, Glenn was presented the Eddie Robinson Award by The Sports Network as the Division I-AA National Coach of the Year. He also won AFCA Division II National Coach of the Year honors in both 1996 and `97. All total, he has been named National Coach of the Year three times, AFCA Regional Coach of the Year on five occasions and conference coach of the year five different seasons. In the spring of 2000, The Denver Post named him one of Colorado's "Greatest Coaches of the 1900's."
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 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.
He is also known for building strong relationships with those who coach with him. Seven of the nine assistant coaches on his current Wyoming coaching staff coached with him prior to coming to Laramie.
Highly respected in his field, Glenn was elected to the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Board of Trustees in January of 2005. He is one of 16 college coaches across the nation currently serving on the AFCA Board of Trustees. The AFCA includes over 10,000 members from all levels of the football coaching profession.
Glenn was named the 30th head football coach in Wyoming history on Dec. 12, 2002.
He began his head-coaching career at Doane College in Crete, Neb., in 1976 when he became the youngest head coach in the country at the age of 27. Glenn posted a 21-18-1 (.538) record over four seasons at the NAIA school.
Overall, Glenn is coaching in his 34th season in college football as either a head or assistant coach. His first college coaching job was as the backfield coach at his alma mater, South Dakota, in 1974. He then moved to Northern Arizona as the backfield coach in 1975. After four years as the head coach at Doane College (1976-79), Glenn served his first coaching stint at Montana from 1980-85. He was the quarterbacks and receivers coach from 1980-81. He then moved into the offensive coordinator position from 1982-85. In 1987, Glenn arrived at Northern Colorado. His first responsibility was overseeing the passing and kicking games for two seasons. Then in 1989, he was named head coach.
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, and was selected a team captain as a senior.
Following graduation, Glenn earned an ROTC military commission, and served two years in the United States Army.
In 1975, he received a master's degree in education, also from South Dakota.
Glenn is 59 years old -- born March 7, 1949. 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. Grandson Henry was born Sept. 6, 2005, to Erin and her husband Jim. Granddaughter Regan was born on Sept. 11, 2006, to Casey and his wife Shannon. Casey was an offensive lineman at Carroll College in Helena, Mont., concluding his playing career in the fall of 2002. He helped Carroll College win the NAIA National Championship in 2002. His head coach at Carroll College was former Wyoming letterman and assistant coach Mike Van Diest. Casey Glenn is entering his second year at UW in 2008. He is the Wyoming tight ends' coach.