Forever Linked to Georgetown Gridiron Glory

December 30, 2006

Today's posting shares a letter of remembrance that I received yesterday that is more appropriate and heartfelt than any reflection that I could offer. This past week, GU Hall of Fame football coach Scotty Glacken died. Five years ago, when he was inducted into the Hall, I penned the dinner program bio and HoF citation for Scotty. In part, I wrote:

"Homecoming 1968. On the sidelines watching the game were former Hoya football coaches Al Exendine (55 wins), Jack Hagerty (61 wins), and George Murtagh (long-time Hagerty assistant). Coaching for the Hoyas was new head coach (but long-time Hagerty assistant) Mush Dubofsky. Amid this pantheon of winningest Georgetown coaching greats was a young 24-year old assistant, helping his old high school coach on the sidelines. That young assistant, former local star quarterback at St. John's College High, former all-conference player at Duke, and former professional with the Denver Broncos was Scotty Glacken. Fast forward 25 football seasons. Head coach of the Hoyas for the previous 23 years, Scotty Glacken finished his final season as the winningest (98 wins) and longest tenured coach in Georgetown football history."

Recounting the accomplishments of an individual is very different than capturing the spirit of a man and the multiple ways he has affected the lives of so many. Here's how it's done by one Hoya grad who played for Scotty and then followed in his footsteps. You can also sign a memorial guestbook and view remembrances online at this link (WashPost) and this link (funeral home).



Dear Pat,

Since learning of Coach Glacken's passing on Wednesday night, my mind has been filled with thoughts about the man and my Georgetown football experience. Scotty Glacken was one of a kind. He was an enigma. He was, simply put, a unique individual. In 36 years of a seemingly ever more complicated life, I have forgotten many things from the past. However, I remember an awful lot about Scotty Glacken. How can I forget? Coach Glacken had more nicknames than anyone I know including "Elvis", "Globey" and of course, "Scooter". Most were conjured up by Jim "Wedge" Sullivan or Dean Lowry.

I remember the way he kicked his feet up in the front seat of the bus and laughed hysterically as we watched "Blazing Saddles" on the way to St. John's in 1990. The next day, we were down 16-0, but came from behind to win that game. I also remember the way he ripped our offensive line - all the way from the sideline - against Catholic the year before. He got so fired up one time at Matt Zebrowski for changing the plays in the huddle that he almost (errantly) sent Joe Pecoraro (a linebacker) in for Matt at quarterback. Whether you liked Coach Glacken or not, he undoubtedly influenced you in some way and you will always remember him.

Coaching is my profession and every one of my coaches from high school and college, including Scotty, has influenced me in some way. I have to laugh inside when I hear myself complimenting a player by saying "tremendous" in a Southern twang. Our players always wear proper shoes and socks when we travel and they show up to the pre-game breakfast on time. Bill Kenney and I learned that the hard way as freshmen. When I toured Duke's football facility earlier this year, I could not help but look for pictures of this former quarterback on the walls of the Yoh Center.

The bottom line is that I would not have been able to attend one of the world's greatest institutions and continue to play the game I love if it were not for Scotty Glacken. Most of us, including my high school teammates Chris Murphy and Mark DeLillo, were in the same boat. I would not have met my wife. I would not have learned the ropes from guys like Golden, Zebrowski, Muller, Schwartz and Hussey. I would not have lined up with Kenney and Desisto to my right and Kelleher and Riley to my left in 1991. I would not have scheduled the best classes thanks to advice from Rose and Sotihros. I would not vacation on the Jersey Shore in the summer with Tim MacAneney.

I will always appreciate the opportunity Scotty Glacken gave me.

Sincerely,

Pete Lembo '92
Head Football Coach
Elon University

Pete Lembo '92



Requiescat in pace. Amen.



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An NFL quarterback, Scotty arrived on the Hilltop in 1968 as an assistant coach

Playing for coach Mush Dubofsky '32 in high school, Scotty apprenticed under him at G-town and succeeded him on the Hilltop in 1969

Scotty presents award to defensive end Bill Brugger '74 for his selection as first team All-East in 1972


A '69er quarterback sandwich: Class of 1969 linemen Pierce O'Donnell and Joe Lonardo surround their classmate, QB Bruce Simmons and Scotty at his Hall of Fame induction

Former star running backs Bob Francis '69 and John Dwyer '71 joined Scotty at the MCI Center in 2002 when the Hall of Fame coach was recognized at halftime of a basketball game

Scotty and his former star, Jim Corcoran '82 were inducted on the same evening into the Hoya Hall of Fame in 2002; then-head coach Bob Benson was on hand to offer his congratulations


The heart and soul of Hoya football . . . Georgetown football wouldn't exist today without Scotty Glacken and Rory Quirk '65, shown here with Margaret Glacken at the 2005 annual postgame following the Brown contest

Current head coach Kevin Kelly (left) with coach Glacken as Scotty is recognized at the 2006 annual postgame sponsored by 1970 football cocaptain Dave Goracy

1981 football tricaptain Rory Coakley with coach Glacken at the 2006 annual postgame following the Stonybrook contest





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