John Glenn was always determined to get to football’s biggest stage.
And, the Dalton native, who excelled on the football field at Lackawanna Trail High School, will be on the sidelines of MetLife Stadium this Sunday as an assistant special teams coach with the Seattle Seahawks.
“We’re excited for him,” said John’s father Joseph, who still resides in Dalton. “The chance to win a Super Bowl ring is right in front of him.”
When Glenn’s college football career at East Stroudsburg University ended, he volunteered on the coaching staff to stay involved with the game.
“I wish he was there as a player,” Joseph Glenn said, “but for some reason he always said he was going to get to the Super Bowl, and he sure did.”
According to current Lakeland head football coach Jeff Wasilchak, John Glenn always gave his best effort when he coached him at Lackawanna Trail.
“His motor was always running,” Wasilchak said. “He was one of those high energy type of guys and had that gunslinger mentality as a quarterback.”
Wasilchak added that Glenn, 32, was always dedicated to the game and led the Lions to the District 2 Class A title in 1999. He was also a star on the hardwood for the Lions.
“He was always a hard worker,” Wasilchak said. “When he was determined to do something, he put his mind to it and got it done. He played two of the most important positions, quarterback and linebacker, which is kind of a weird combination, but he always played at full speed.”
“It doesn’t surprise me that is where he’s at,” Wasilchak added.
The Dalton native also previously coached at North Carolina Wesleyan College and the University of Washington before Seattle head coach Pete Carroll hired him as assistant special teams coach in 2012.
According to Lackawanna Trail principal John Rushefski, the district plans to recognize Glenn’s success throughout the schools.
“It’s pretty amazing to see a former student, from our small school in a little town, rise to that level and land on an NFL coaching staff,” Rushefski said. “We’re very proud of him and plan to recognize his accomplishment on the district’s website and during the morning announcements.”