Jerry GlanvilleJerry Glanville, former head coach of the Atlanta Falcons and Houston Oilers, returns to coach the East-West Shrine Game® for a second consecutive year. Glanville, a native of Perrysburg, Ohio, spent much of his life on the football gridiron. Having both played and coached at the collegiate level, Glanville brings a wealth of expertise to today’s game.

Glanville played middle linebacker at Northern Michigan University, and graduated in 1964 with a bachelor’s degree. He then went on to earn his master’s degree from Western Kentucky University, where he served as an assistant football coach. Glanville then became the defensive coordinator for the University of Hawaii and defensive ends/outside linebacker coach at Georgia Tech in Atlanta.

After several years coaching college football, Glanville kicked off his NFL career as the special teams and linebacker coach for the Detroit Lions. Following his time in Detroit, Glanville became the defensive coordinator for the Atlanta Falcons, arguably his most noteworthy position. During this time, Glanville held every defensive record. His defensive strategy became known as the “Gritz Blitz” – where the defense would blitz every down.

From 1986 to 1989, Glanville served as head coach of the Houston Oilers, where he led the team to four playoff appearances, twice playing in the AFC divisional round. Glanville returned to the Atlanta Falcons in 1990 as head coach, remaining there until 1993. During the 1991 season, the NFL declared Glanville’s roster the “most exciting team in NFL history.”

Recognized for his expertise and accomplishments as a coach, Glanville served as an analyst on several television networks, including the Football Network, CBS Sports, HBO Sports and Fox Sports, and is pleased to bring his knowledge and passion for football to the East-West Shrine Game today.

“The most incredible aspect of the game is the meaning behind its slogan,” said Glanville. “The children’s true demonstration of courage and their interactions with the players is what it’s all about.” For Glanville, meeting former patients who continue to support and recognize the health care system reflects the true importance of the game.

Glanville had this thought for the 89th East-West Shrine Game players: “Enjoy every moment of the game and each time you step on the field, be the very best you can be.”

Assistant Coaches

June Jones
Mike Maser
Terry Richardson
Ron Middleton
Tim Krumrie
Marcus Robertson
Paul Spicer
AJ Smith
Darrin Chiaverini