Star Trib column on new Gopher coach: FB's Caruso weighs in

Star Trib column on new Gopher coach: FB's Caruso weighs in

St. Thomas football coach Glenn Caruso is having a busy start to his offseason.


Caruso was interviewed by Star Tribune sports columnist Patrick Reusse on a story about new Minnesota Gopher head coach P.J. Fleck.

Caruso was age 31 when he was hired at Macalester, and 33 when he was hired at UST. Fleck, hired last Friday, turned 36 last November. The Tommie coach said fans should wait and see on how Fleck builds his program, but he agreed with the premise that a younger head coach will have a different style that many traditional coaches.

Reusse's Star Tribune story was posted online today and can be accessed here


AFCA Workshop

Also this week, Caruso shared a panel presentation with two Division I head coaches at the American Football Coaches' Association national convention.

The Tommies' ninth-year head coach joins Michigan State's Mark Dantonio and Mississippi State's Maurice Linguist discussed "Discipline and Accountability."

"It's an absolute honor to be asked to speak at the AFCA national convention," the coach said. "Each year we have a great opportunity to get together and share thoughts and ideas that we each take back to our programs and hopefully learn and grow from. It's amazing for us to have the opportunity to share some things that we have learned along the way at the University of St. Thomas.

"One of the things I love about this profession is it allows you to both teach and learn at the same time. Our program is built on consistent growth -- not just in the sport of football but as people. I'm very proud that the University of St. Thomas has garnered national respect by so many in our sport and can't think of a better place to display that than at the AFCA convention."

Coach Caruso participated on a similar panel at the 2015 AFCA workshop, that one for graduate assistant coaches looking to rise in the profession. He joined Penn State coach James Franklin (see above photo), SMU defensive coordinator Van Malone and Eastern Michigan offensive coordinator Kalen DeBoer.

Caruso's 2016 Tommies repeated as MIAC champions and were ranked in the top six nationally all season in a 12-1 finish. He has led the Tommies to a 99-15 record in his nine seasons. After making just one national playoff appearance in a 25-year span from 1984-98, St. Thomas Football has participated in the NCAA playoffs in seven of the last eight seasons, with two six trips to championship game and four other trips to the quarterfinal round or beyond.



Last week, Coach Caruso joined the MIAC weekly podcast for a long interview. Click here to access