CCU football loses legend with retirement of Glenn

Coastal Carolina football chief of staff and director of football operations George Glenn announced his retirement, making the 2018 season his last at Coastal Carolina University.

“I can think of no finer place to have spent the last seven years than here at Coastal Carolina,” said Glenn. “As I end my career, I will take with me the memories, lifelong friendships and pride in the success of Coastal Carolina football.”

Glenn wrapped up his eighth season as the chief of staff and director of football operations in 2018, during which he played an instrumental role as the program reached new heights at the Football Championship Subdivision level (FCS) and transitioned to the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) in 2015-16.

“I have had the great privilege of knowing George Glenn for 40 years, and I have not met a man more dedicated to the welfare of his or our players, his loved ones, and at the same time have a passionate commitment to do his job in an excellent way,” said Joe Moglia, former head football coach and current Chairman of Athletics, Executive Director for Football and Executive Advisor for the President. “No one has had a more significant positive impact on our football program at Coastal. I am proud to have worked with him side-by-side for the last eight years and more proud to call him my friend.”

Glenn came to Coastal after spending the 2011 season as chief of staff for the Omaha Nighthawks for Moglia.

Over his first five years at Coastal, the Chanticleers finished each year ranked in the top 25 nationally and ranked as high as the No. 1 team in the country in both 2014 and 2015.

“George has made tremendous contributions to CCU Athletics and left an indelible legacy on Chanticleer football,” stated Matt Hogue, Director of Athletics. “He has dedicated his life to leading and transforming young people and we are fortunate that part of his illustrious career as a coach and educator touched CCU. We wish George all the best in his retirement and we will miss his love and passion for Teal Nation.”

CCU also won the program’s first-ever postseason game in 2012, won a league-record 12 games and reached the NCAA quarterfinals in 2013, and went on to match both those feats the following season in 2014. The Chants were ranked No. 1 in the FCS for eight straight weeks in 2015 and went on to go 10-2 in 2016, their first year in the transition to the FBS level.

Glenn played an important role and helping to exemplify and teaching Moglia’s one standard “Be A Man” — better known as “BAM” —where the student-athletes are expected to “stand on their own two feet, take responsibility for their actions, always treat others with dignity and respect, and recognize they will live with the consequences of their actions”.

“George’s dedication to Coastal Carolina and the student-athletes of the football program has made an indelible impact on everyone that he has been associated with. His commitment to excellence has helped shape Coastal football and he will be missed,” said head football coach Jamey Chadwell.

Glenn has over 30 years of developing young men both as a high school head coach, and as co-founder and camp director of the Blue Chip Football Camp held annually in Delaware since 1976, which became the largest high school instructional football camp in the state of Delaware for 37 years.

Glenn was both the athletic director and head football coach at Cape Henlopen (Del.) High School. Prior to that, he was the head coach at Salesianum (Del.) School for 17 years. He is the winningest head football coach in the history of Salesianum School, chalking up 119 victories from 1976 to 1992. Salesianum won the Delaware Division I state championship in 1986 when he was named Delaware Football Coach of the Year. Salesianum additionally reached the state championship in 1980, `87, `88 and `92, while reaching the semifinals in 1981, `83, `84 and `90.

Prior to taking over as head coach, Glenn was the offensive coordinator at Salesianum from 1972-75, helping the program win a state title in 1972.

Glenn won another 25 games in four seasons – posting at least six wins each season – as head coach at Cape Henlopen High School, taking over a program that was just 1-9 prior to his arrival.

At the time he finished his 21-year Delaware head coaching career, Glenn was the second-winningest head football coach in state history and the all-time winningest coach in the history of the Salesianum School. In addition to his 1986 Delaware Coach of the Year honor, Glenn has been the Delaware Catholic League Coach of the Year (1980), head coach for the Delaware All-Star Game (1981), assistant coach for the Delaware All-Star Game (1991) and Delaware Today Magazine’s 1987 Coach of the Year.

He was the head coach at Staunton River High School in Moneta, Va. from 1969-71 after starting his coaching career as an assistant at Boones Creek High School in Johnson City, Tenn. in 1966.

Glenn graduated from East Tennessee State University in 1967 with a Bachelor of Science degree in physical education. He played four years of college football, the first two serving as tri-captain, and earned all-conference honors at Ferrum Junior College. He also spent four years in the United States Army.

Photo courtesy of CCU Athletics

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