After 32 years, coach returns to college

Updated: March 31, 2005, 4:00 PM ET
Associated Press

HONOLULU -- Former NFL coach Jerry Glanville was hired as associate coach and defensive coordinator for Hawaii.

The 63-year-old Glanville, who hasn't coached since the Atlanta Falcons fired him following the 1993 season, said his visit with U.S. troops in Iraq last year renewed his interest in returning to the field. The hiring was made official late Wednesday night.

"Every 19-year-old kid in the Calvary asked me to come back and coach. I knew that if I got home, I was going to coach, not pro football, but college football," he said. "I was going to coach the 19- and 20-year-olds. This is the greatest generation of kids who ever lived."

The Hawaii defense ranked 117 out of 118 Division I schools last season, and was last in the nation against the run.

Glanville first joined Atlanta in 1977 as a defensive back coach and then served as defense coordinator, where he led a unit that held an NFL single-season record for fewest points allowed. Glanville then went to the Houston Oilers in 1984, and as the defensive coordinator the next two seasons, turned the league's worst rushing defense into the top-ranked unit in the NFL.

Glanville became the Oilers' head coach in 1986 and for the next four years continued to guide one of the NFL's top-rated defenses. He took over as Atlanta's head coach in 1990 and turned the Falcons' rush defense, ranked last in the NFL, into one of the best run-stopping units in the league.

Glanville will be reunited with Warriors coach June Jones, who succeeded Glanville in Atlanta.

"If June wasn't here, then I wouldn't be here," Glanville said. "I had a few other offers that I would've taken and most likely ended up somewhere else. We're going to demand 100 miles an hour out of our defense, spill our guts on the field, play as hard as we can play, and live with the results."

Jones also worked under Glanville at Houston.

"He hired me in the NFL when nobody would," Jones said. "So I'm glad to be reunited with him. This is great not only for both of us, but for our team and the university as well."

Glanville's last collegiate coaching stint came from 1968-73 when he was the defensive ends and outside linebackers coach at Georgia Tech and helped lead the Yellow Jackets to three bowl game appearances.


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