Former Falcons and Oilers head coach Jerry Glanville is still coaching at age 82.
Division II Northwestern Oklahoma State University announced that Granville will be its new defensive coordinator. Head coach Ronnie Jones said Glanville's experience will be valuable to his players.
“When I accepted this job at Northwestern, I promised to do everything in my power to restore the winning tradition of the Ranger football program,” Jones said. “Bringing on Coach Jerry Glanville is a big step in that direction. He brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to our program. He is one of the greatest to ever coach this game. He is considered one of the top defensive coaches and I can't wait to watch him transform our defense into a dominant unit.”
Granville's electrifying defense was known for hurting opposing offenses. Bill Walsh once said that Glanville was the defensive coordinator he had the hardest time preparing for. In a coaching career spanning more than half a century, Glanville has served as defensive coordinator for Western Kentucky, the Falcons, Oilers, University of Hawaii, the CFL's Hamilton Tiger-Cats and the XFL's Tampa Bay Vipers. The Oilers promoted him to head coach after serving as defensive coordinator, and the Falcons hired him as head coach after the Oilers fired him.
Glanville, known for his colorful personality, left tickets on his phone with instructions to give them to Elvis Presley in case he came to collect them. Maybe Northwestern Oklahoma will sign Elvis this year.