New coach excited about possibilities for Storm football

New coach excited about possibilities for Storm football

by Christin KloewerStaff Writer

Jim Glogowski, originally from Omaha, Neb., has been hired as the new head football coach after having coached at the University of South Dakota the past four years.

Glogowski is a graduate of USD and has coached at several institutions including Augustana College in Sioux Falls, S.D.; Allegheny College in Meadville, Penn; Clarion University in Clarion, Penn.; and finally USD in S.D.

Some key factors that brought Glogowski to Simpson include the size of the college and community, the relatively-close location to Des Moines, the level of competition and the student-athletes.

“I’m really excited to be here because there’s a lot of good guys, and they’re really dedicated,” said Glogowski.

Simpson’s full-time strength and conditioning program was a huge piece of the puzzle for Glogowski to adjust to, but has been a huge relief as well because USD did not offer this program. Glogowski believes Justin Snyder, head strength and conditioning coach, does a great job with the program and in working with the team.

Glogowski brought with him Simpson alumnus Joe Beschorner, who will be the assistant head coach and offensive coordinator. Mike Cordes will also be joining the Simpson football squad this year as the special teams coordinator, and he comes to Simpson from Wayne State, Neb. Offensive assistant Kevin Ferguson will return for his fifth season to complete the football coaching staff.

“There’s no magical dust I can sprinkle on these guys,” said Glogowski. “It’s just a matter of working hard and being prepared when an opportunity presents itself. I just want to see the guys compete, whether they’re in the classroom or on the football field, because competition breeds success.”

Athletic Director John Sirianni commented on Glogowski, saying he is a tireless worker and has extremely high energy and enthusiasm levels.

“Glogowski brought to us an excellent background as a coordinator, having both exceptional success in recruiting and coaching,” said Sirianni. “Jim has been able to attract a staff makeup that is extremely experienced and successful. He is also very family-oriented and has strong beliefs in the Division III philosophy. Jim is just a great fit for our school.”

Junior Luke Stover is a defensive lineman and was also a captain last year. Stover, along with six other players, was asked to be on a panel to interview all the coaching candidates. As a group, they all agreed that Coach Glogowski was the best candidate.

“I was really excited to hear that Coach Glo took the job as head coach,” Stover said. “Since then, I feel he has done a great job getting to know the players and putting together a great staff of coaches. As a team, we are excited for next season. We have very lofty goals and have a lot of work to do yet this offseason.”

Glogowski said he is very excited to become a part of the community because there is an abundant of opportunities for his wife. They have three children together: Jacob, 7; Maddie, 5; and Ben, 3.