Joe Glenn is retiring

University of South Dakota head coach Joe Glenn will announce his retirement at a press conference Monday. (P&D File Photo)


Joe Glenn is stepping aside.

The University of South Dakota football coach will announce his retirement at an 11 a.m. press conference today (Monday) in Vermillion, the school announced in a press release Sunday afternoon.

Glenn, 66, went 12-34 in his four seasons at his alma mater, helping nudge the Coyotes closer this season toward the FCS playoffs. Having gone winless in the Missouri Valley Football Conference a year ago, USD won three league games this season – including the signature upset at North Dakota State. The season, though, ended with consecutive losses to South Dakota State and Illinois State.

In 28 seasons as a collegiate head coach, Glenn won 200 games (the 76th coach in NCAA history to reach that mark) and won three national championships (two at Northern Colorado, one at Montana).

He was hired at USD in 2011 to help turn the program around as it headed into the Missouri Valley. In his first season (2012), the Coyotes went 1-10, with an 0-8 record in conference play. A year later, they went 4-8, and then came a 2-10 record in 2014 – with another winless record in Valley action.

USD announced that Glenn and athletic director David Herbster would have no further comment until today’s press conference. Players, though, took to social media to express their gratitude for Glenn.

Sophomore offensive lineman Ed Kennedy: “It’s been such an honor to play for Coach Glenn for the past 3 years. What an incredible man, leader, and role model.”

Senior defensive lineman Drew Iddings: “It was an honor to get to play with him as my coach! Hope nothing but the best for him!”

Senior offensive lineman Thomas McGuire: “A great coach and an even better man. Thank you Coach Glenn!”


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