Joe Glenn
    Joe  Glenn

    Lincoln, Neb.

    Head Coach

    Alma Mater:
    University of South Dakota '71


    Spring football starts Thursday

    VERMILLION, S.D.--University of South Dakota head football coach Joe Glenn has announced his team's spring practice schedule. The Coyotes' spring slate includes 14 practices which culminate to the team's spring game April 25. All practices are open to the public.


    Football Clinic Set for April 17

    Ladies, South Dakota Head Football Coach Joe Glenn and the Coyote football staff are excited to once again host you and your friends for a night out in the DakotaDome. We know you love football, so we are offering you a behind-the-scenes opportunity to see how our players and coaches prepare for football games on Saturday afternoons. We invite you to join us on Friday, April 17, from 5:30-8:45 p.m. in the DakotaDome.


    South Dakota Adds 24 on Signing Day

    VERMILLION, S.D.--South Dakota head football coach Joe Glenn is pleased to announce the signing of 21 student-athletes to a National Letter of Intent and three players who have signed institutional letters of intent to join the Coyote football team this fall.


    Coyote Football Rolling Out #CoyoteChrome Saturday!

    South Dakota head football coach Joe Glenn is proud to release pictures of the helmet from the #CoyoteChrome alternate uniform the Coyotes will wear Saturday for Dakota Days against Northern Iowa. This project was funded by Coyote football alums and will give the Yotes a new and exciting look for Dakota Days. Stay tuned to see the full uniform release Thursday.


    Coyotes Coach to Cure MD

    VERMILLION, S.D.--For the sixth year in a row, college football coaches nationwide will join together in support of the Coach to Cure MD program, which for South Dakota will take place Saturday when the Coyotes take on No. 23 Northern Arizona inside the DakotaDome. Kickoff is 2 p.m.


    Football vs UC Davis

    USD vs UC Davis 8/31/13


    South Dakota vs. Kansas - USATSI Gallery

    South Dakota vs. Kansas - USATSI Gallery


    Football Vs. Montana (9/1/12)

    Football Vs. Montana (9/1/12)

    Phone: 605-677-6461

    A new era of South Dakota football began on Dec. 5, 2011, when alumnus Joe Glenn was named the Coyotes' 29th head coach. Glenn is a two-time AFCA National Coach of the Year honoree who has combined to win three national championships at the Division II and FCS levels. He will enter 2014 with the sixth-most wins among active FCS head coaches.

    Glenn, 64, grew up in Lincoln, Neb., and enrolled at USD in the fall of 1967. He played both quarterback and wide receiver for the Coyotes under coach Joe Salem. Upon graduation in 1971, Glenn served two years as an ROTC officer with the Army. He returned to Vermillion in 1973 to begin work on his master's degree and was Salem's backfield coach in 1974. When Salem took the head gig at Northern Arizona in 1975, he brought Glenn with him.

    With the exception of those two years in the Army, Glenn has been in and around the game of college football for nearly half a century. The 2014 campaign marks his 27th as a head coach. He has racked up 193 wins in that span.

    Youngest Head Coach

    At the age of 27, Glenn became the youngest head college football coach when he took over at Doane College in Crete, Neb. He was 5-5 in his first season and 21-18-1 in four years with the Tigers.

    Glenn Dynasty

    Glenn was elevated to head coach at Northern Colorado in 1989, thus igniting a 14-year string of success that few have matched. Glenn captained 14 consecutive winning seasons - 11 with Northern Colorado followed by three more at Montana. His teams reached the playoffs 10 times and brought home three national titles.

    Glenn won 11 or more games in each of his final four seasons at Northern Colorado and in all three seasons with the Griz. His record during those seven years was 86-14. He won back-to-back national championships with the Bears in 1996 and 1997, reached the quarterfinals in 1998 and 1999, advanced to the FCS title game with Montana in 2000 and won it all in 2001.

    Glenn won three consecutive North Central Conference titles in 1997, 1998 and 1999. He won Big Sky Championships in 2000, 2001 and 2002. His win percentage in three years at Montana (.867, 39-6), which included 24 consecutive wins starting in 2001 and running into 2002, remains the best in the history of the Big Sky Conference.

    Bowling with Wyoming

    Glenn was handed the reins of the Wyoming Cowboys in December of 2002 and spent the next six seasons in Laramie. In year two, he guided the Cowboys to a 7-5 record and a thrilling 24-21 victory against UCLA in the Las Vegas Bowl on Dec. 23, 2004. It marked the first bowl appearance for Wyoming in 11 years and its first bowl victory in 38 years.

    The Glenn's

    Joe and his wife, Michele, are both natives of Lincoln. They have two adult children - a daughter, Erin, and a son, Casey - and four grandchildren. Casey was an All-American offensive lineman at Carroll College in Helena, Mont., where he graduated in 2002 when Carroll won its first ofsix NAIA National Championships. He was the offensive line coach and speed coach at South Dakota in 2004, helping guide the Coyotes to a 9-2 record.

    One of Joe Glenn's trademarks during his coaching career has been his ability to motivate and build relationships with his players. He often tells his team 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.

    Glenn was inducted into the USD Hall of Fame in 2006. His bachelor's degree was in health, physical education, recreation and athletics. He received his master's degree in education from USD in 1975.

    Joe Glenn Coaching Career Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
    Doane College Tigers (Nebraska Intercollegiate Athletic Conference) (1976-1979)
    1976 Doane 5-5 2-3
    1977 Doane 5-5 3-2
    1978 Doane 6-4 3-2
    1979 Doane 5-4-1 1-3-1
    Doane: 21-18-1 9-10-1
    Northern Colorado Bears (North Central Conference) (1989-1999)
    1989 Northern Colorado 6-4 5-4 T4th
    1990 Northern Colorado 7-4 6-3 3rd L Division II 1st Round
    1991 Northern Colorado 8-3 6-2 2nd L Division II 1st Round
    1992 Northern Colorado 6-5 4-5 T7th
    1993 Northern Colorado 8-3 6-3 T3rd
    1994 Northern Colorado 7-4 6-3 T2nd
    1995 Northern Colorado 9-3 7-2 T2nd L Division II 1st Round
    1996 Northern Colorado 12-3 6-3 T2nd W Division II Championship Game
    1997 Northern Colorado 13-2 8-1 1st W Division II Championship Game
    1998 Northern Colorado 11-2 8-1 T1st L Division II Quarterfinal
    1999 Northern Colorado 11-2 8-1 T1st L Division II Quarterfinal
    Northern Colorado: 98-35 70-28
    Montana Grizzlies (Big Sky Conference) (2000-2002)
    2000 Montana 13-2 8-0 1st L Division I-AA Championship Game
    2001 Montana 15-1 7-0 1st W Division I-AA Championship Game
    2002 Montana 11-3 5-2 T1st L Division I-AA Quarterfinal
    Montana: 39-6 20-2
    Wyoming Cowboys (Mountain West Conference) (2003-2008)
    2003 Wyoming 4-8 2-5 T-7th
    2004 Wyoming 7-5 3-4 T-4th W Las Vegas
    2005 Wyoming 4-7 2-6 8th
    2006 Wyoming 6-6 5-3 T-3rd
    2007 Wyoming 5-7 2-6 T-7th
    2008 Wyoming 4-8 1-7 T-8th
    Wyoming: 30-41 15-31
    South Dakota Coyotes(Missouri Valley Conference) (2012-pres.)
    2012 South Dakota 1-10, 0-8 10th
    2013 South Dakota 4-8, 3-5 8th
    South Dakota: 5-18, 3-13
    Total: 193-118-1
    South Dakota (0-0) --
    Kansas State (0-0) --
    Manhattan, Kan. TBA
    • Teams played three times from 1980-82

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