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Glenn Caruso COACHING EXPERIENCE

Glenn Caruso was named the 29th head coach in the 109-year history of University of St. Thomas football on Jan. 24, 2008. He took over a team that finished 2-8 the previous year and led the Tommies to a 7-3 record in his inaugural season. He followed that up with an 11-2 record in 2009, including a 2-1 playoff record and a berth in the NCAA playoff quarterfinals; a 12-1 performance in the 2010 campaign; a 13-1 record in 2011; and a 14-1 mark in 2012. That five-year run completed the biggest turnaround in Division III football bringing the Tommies from a 206 national ranking to No. 2.


In 2015, Caruso took the Tommies on another great run. The Tommies went 14-0 on the road to Stagg Bowl XLIII where they lost to Mount Union, 49-35. On the season, St. Thomas ranked in the top 10 in the nation in D3 in a number of offensive and defensive categories, including: Scoring Offense (#2); Scoring Defense (#9); Total Offense (#7); Total Defense (#8); Passing Yards Allowed (#7); and 3rd Down Conversion Percentage/Defense (#5).


2014 saw the Tommies return to the postseason, following an 8-2 regular season slate. Caruso's squad lost a hard fought game to Wartburg, 38-30 in the first round of the NCAA D3 playoffs.


In 2013, Caruso took the Tommies to an 8-2 regular season, narrowly missing the playoffs for the first time in five years.


Caruso guided the 2012 Tommies to an NCAA runner-up finish. He was voted by his peers as the Division III National Coach of the Year by the American Football Coaches’ Association (AFCA). He’s just the third Division III honoree in the 30-year history of the AFCA award to top the voting without winning the NCAA championship.


The 43-year-old Connecticut native has built a 99-15 record in his nine seasons at St. Thomas, with six NCAA playoff berths and an 17-7 postseason mark. He's among Division III's most accomplished coaches -- in any sport -- age 45 or under.


St. Thomas claimed three consecutive conference championships, the school’s first such streak since 1947-1949. It became the first team in MIAC history to post three consecutive 10-0 records in the regular season. UST’s 2010 conference football championship was St. Thomas’ first since 1990.


Caruso, is believed to be the first AFCA recipient who played in college for an AFCA National Coach of the Year. His mentor at Ithaca College, Jim Butterfield, was a two-time honoree.


Out of 639 NCAA programs, he’s one of just three head coaches – joining Mount Union’s Larry Kehres and Boise State’s Chris Petersen -- to lead the same school to 11 or more wins in each of the last four seasons.


Caruso has done something unheard of in college football coaching: He improved his record in each of his first seven seasons as a head coach. He inherited a Macalester program that was 0-9 the previous fall and guided the Scots to records of 2-7 then 4-5. He took over a St. Thomas program coming off a 2-8 season and posted records of 7-3, 11-2, 12-1, 13-1 and 14-1 in his first five seasons.


St. Thomas isn't Caruso's first turnaround. In his 20-year coaching career he has helped resurrect three other football programs. He also has developed a national reputation for installing dynamic, high-scoring attacks on offense.



EDUCATION
Caruso earned a bachelors degree in sprots studies from Ithaca in 1996. He received his masters degree in education from North Dakota State in 2004. He is currently working on his Ph.D. in psychology.

PERSONAL
Coach Caruso and wife Rachael reside in St. Paul with daughter Anna and sons Cade and True. Off the field, Caruso and his program make a great impact in St. Paul and beyond. With his funds from the 2010 and 2011 Liberty Mutual awards, Caruso founded “Bucky’s Pride.” He is a founder of a Reading Recess program at local elementary schools. He joined Tommie players and in the Up ‘Til Dawn Benefit writing 2,000 letters to raise funds for St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. He also holds an annual youth football camp and is active in state and national coaching organizations at several levels.

 
CAREER at ST. THOMAS
Year Overall Conference Finish
2016 12-1 8-0 NCAA Quarterfinal
2015 14-1 8-0 NCAA Championship
2014 8-3 6-2 NCAA First Round
2013 8-2 6-2
2012 14-1 8-0 NCAA Championship
2011 13-1 8-0 NCAA Semifinal
2010 12-1 8-0 NCAA Quarterfinal
2009 11-2 7-1 NCAA Quarterfinal
2008 7-3 5-3


COACHING HISTORY
Year Team Title Head Coach
2008-Present University of St. Thomas Head Coach
2006-07 Macalester University Head Coach
2004-05 South Dakota Offensive Coordinator Ed Meierkort
2003 Wisconsin-Eau Claire Offensive Coordinator/OL Todd Hoffner
1997-2002 North Dakota State Offensive Coordinator/OL/GA Bob Babich


PLAYING EXPERIENCE

The Greenwich, Ct., native played on two state championship football teams at Greenwich High. He went on to Ithaca (N.Y.) College, where he was a starter on the offensive line (center) and helped the Bombers make two NCAA Division III playoff trips and post a 30-13 record in his four-year era. He spent one season as a graduate assistant coach at Ithaca, where he coached the offensive line.



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