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.