Thursday, March 31, 2005
Cowboys extend deal through 2009
LARAMIE, Wyo. -- Wyoming football coach Joe Glenn, who led
the Cowboys to their first bowl victory in 38 years, has received a
one-year contract extension through 2009, athletic director Gary
Barta announced Thursday.
The extension includes a potentially lucrative retirement
In addition, Barta said he was renewing the contracts of Glenn's
assistant coaches and rewarding the staff with bonuses for
Wyoming's 24-21 victory over UCLA in the Las Vegas Bowl.
"This is a terrific vote of confidence for us," Glenn said.
"As a staff we appreciate that vote. There's an old saying: Make
me feel good and I will produce. We want to produce for this
university and for Wyoming."
Glenn's annuity will be worth $200,000 if he remains through the
length of his contract. If he leaves UW before then, it would be
"Like all of Wyoming, we are impressed with Joe and his entire
staff," Barta said. "From the classroom to the performance on the
field, they have done a tremendous job with this program. This is
another way for us to demonstrate our support. We want them to be
here for a long, long time."
The annuity was created instead of a raise since wage hikes
aren't allowed for state employees this year, Barta said.
The Cowboys finished the 2004 season with a 7-5 record, best in
five seasons, appeared in a bowl for the first time in 11 seasons
and won a bowl for the first time since 1966.
Wyoming had been picked to finish last in the Mountain West
Conference but tied for fourth.
The Cowboys were 4-8 in Glenn's first year. Before that, UW
won just five games from 2000-02.
Glenn, 56, became Wyoming's 30th head coach on December 12,
2002. His two-year record at UW is 11-13.
In 20 years as a collegiate head coach, he has compiled a record
of 169-72-1 (.700), including stints at Doane, Northern Colorado
Twice he won the NCAA Division II championship at Northern
Colorado (1996-97) and won the Division I-AA crown at Montana in
He was named national coach of the year by various organizations
in 1996, 1997 and 2000.
Glenn grew up in Lincoln, Neb., and graduated from the
University of South Dakota in 1971. He attained a master's degree
from the school in 1975, then worked as an assistant football coach
one year at his alma mater and one year at Northern Arizona.