Column: Football coach Brian Glesing steps down


By JD McKay

After 11 years and 70 wins, head football coach Brian Glesing is stepping down. His resignation was exciting to some players, but disappointing to others. But one thing can not be disputed — he made FC football into a conference contender.

Glesing came from Clarksville High School after the 2006 football season. He walked into a team that went 6-24 under previous head coach Rusty Cecil and was outscored in 2006 142 to 341.

After going 2-8 in 2007, Glesing’s first season, the Glesing-led Highlanders had four straight winning seasons, including a sectional championship in 2009.

Glesing’s 2009 team was led by quarterback Max Guenther and eventual professional baseball player Jeffrey Thompson at tight-end. That season’s sectional championship was Glesing’s third sectional championship as a coach, and only championship at FC.

After Guenther graduated came the Bramble years. Kyle Bramble was possibly FC’s greatest player ever. Glesing made use of Bramble’s explosiveness and ability, handing him the ball 345 times his senior year for 2875 yards.

Then came his second losing season. The Highlanders lost Bramble the year before and it took a season to recover from losing a player like him.

After his second losing season came the Kimm-Wallace-Klingsmith era, 2013 and 2014. Quarterback Colton Kimm, running back Gage Klingsmith, and wide reciever Adam Wallace proved to be a talented and fast core of offensive players for Glesing to build his offense around.

In 2015, Glesing had his final losing season. But it had its positive moments. About halfway through the season began the Weimer years.

At the start of the 2016 season, running back Jason Cundiff joined quarterback Matt Weimer as the most talented underclassmen. That team was led with by a strong offensive line and talented, hard working seniors, the type of players Glesing likes the best.

The 2017 season proved to be Glesing’s most grueling. He was diagnosed with cancer about one month before summer workouts started and began chemotherapy.

While Glesing spent most of the summer fighting his battle, assistant coaches Alan Hess and James Bragg stepped in, along with the seniors to fill his shoes. Glesing missed the first game of the season against Louisville Male, and aside from one practice a week, never missed a football event. The Highlanders finished 8-3, losing to the Indiana state-champions Columbus East twice, and the best public school in Kentucky, Louisville Male, once. Even with the injury bug attacking the Highlanders in Week Three, he refused to let his Highlanders back down and just ride the rest of the season out.

I will remember Glesing as a great football coach and play caller. As the man who could say “fiddle-farts” with a straight face. And as a baddude, who stared cancer in the face, laughed at it, and said, “You can’t stop me from coaching my football team.”

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