The first thing his football players asked was if they would change schemes at York County Tech.

Matt Glennon, 42, is the school's new football coach, approved Thursday night by York Tech's joint operating committee and introduced Friday morning to returning players. They already know him. Glennon served as defensive coordinator last season for Doug Wilkinson, who said earlier this month he was told by the school it desired a coach who taught at the school. That teacher will be Glennon, whose concentration is social studies.

As for his answer about that offense, the Spartans are sticking with the triple option that helped them gobble up large chunks of yards last season.

"I used that at Westmont Hilltop and became familiar with it," said Glennon, whose previous head coaching experience came at that Johnstown school. "The kids are buying into it, and I see no reason to change."

It helped Calvin Savary finish as the YAIAA's second-leading rusher with 1,554 yards and 13 touchdowns, and quarterback Dalmar Dickson gained 852 as a running threat. Both will be back next season, but Glennon was quick to acknowledge his defense must improve.

Last season ended with a thud against Eastern York, when the Spartans surrendered 728 yards in an 81-56 loss.

"When you score 56 points and rush for 500 yards, you expect to win the game," Glennon said. "For a football coach it was hard to watch."


That made tackling and discipline No. 1 on Glennon's list for offseason improvements, especially once players can put on the pads in August. As for now, his focus is on the weight-lifting program, something Glennon said was one of his proudest achievements at Westmont Hilltop.

He finished with a 10-30 career record in four seasons at the District 6 school, which plays in the Laurel Highlands Athletic Conference. Unlike that job, Glennon's task is not as tall.

"Doug did a nice job of starting the weight program here," Glennon said. "We had an excellent offense. There was some success. We just have some defensive issues to deal with."

A 1989 West York and '93 Dickinson graduate, Glennon also served as an assistant at Central Dauphin before his move west. His return to the area last year came when both he and his wife, Melanie, who now teaches at York Country Day, found area jobs.

Glennon's hiring adds to the list of former West York players now serving as head coaches in the YAIAA -- players from the Bulldogs' 1988 district championship team, to be exact. Spring Grove's Russ Stoner and William Penn's Shawn Heinold are the others.

"I just think it's awesome," Stoner said. "I can't imagine there are many towns with three guys from the same class that are head coaches."

A dilemma has already begun among friends of the three, said Stoner, citing a Facebook comment of, "This is great, but who do we root for now?"

Fortunately for the trio, only Stoner's Rockets and Heinold's Bearcats will meet in Division I play. Glennon's Spartans are in Division III with only one non-league game to spare.

York Tech finished 2-8 last season with both victories coming in the division. Glennon's promotion leaves two coaching vacancies in the YAIAA: Red Lion, which opened this week with Pat Conrad's resignation, and Dover, which concluded its interviews.
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