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Glenn's contract extended

Glenn's contract extended

Associated Press

LARAMIE - 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 annuity.

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 prorated.

"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. Prior to that, UW won just five games from 2000-02.

"As great as the season felt, with a 7-5 record," Barta said, "we know there is plenty of room for improvement, and we are excited about the direction we are headed."

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 and Montana.

Twice he won the NCAA Division II championship at Northern Colorado (1996-97) and won the Division I-AA crown at Montana in 2001.

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.

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