OWENSBORO, Ky. — For the last few years, Glen Rowell has been building up his coaching resume in the area.
Now he is building up his resume in a different state and in a bigger way.
The 2009 Danville High School graduate was recently hired as a assistant coach for Kentucky Wesleyan University, completing a year of trying to start a college coaching career.
"I got the job through one of my friends from KCU (Kentucky Christian University), Tyrone Young," Rowell said. "Coaching college football was something I always wanted to do, so I stopped playing indoor football in 2018 and I started to apply anywhere I could starting in August (of 2018). I kept in contact with all my college friends and I sent 200-300 applications. I never asked Tyrone for a job, I just asked him for advice about getting into college coaching.
"(Young) just came in from Anderson University to work with new coach Craig Yeast. I actually applied for the job in November with the old head coach and in December, I applied to coach Yeast. Tyrone got the job, but I still didn't ask him. Around March, he called me and said coach saw his application and wanted me to come out and interview. I did the interview and all the coaches said yes and now I am here."
Until then, Rowell was an assistant coach for the Hoopeston Area/Schlarman Academy/Armstrong-Potomac co-op in the 2018 season.
"I talked to Vaughn Black, one of the players that I coached about coaching up there and he gave me the contact information for (former HASAAP coach Trey Stille). I called him and got an interview., Coach Stille was good and the staff welcomed me with open arms and I learned a lot from them.
"It was a great experience, but it was different because I was used to coaching in the inner city, but it wasn't different to the point where I could adapt. I felt we made a change and the kids were open to me because of my college and professional background and being well known in the area."
After graduating from Kentucky Christian, Rowell returned to the community to play professional indoor football and coach the Carver Park Bears starting in 2015. He also worked at North Ridge Middle School and was an assistant wrestling coach for two years at Danville.
"I was always involved with the youth and that is something I wanted to do when I got out of college. It was a nice experience and a good environment and there was great coaches around who helped out the kids and wanted to get the kids to the next level," Rowell said. "I coached the peanut level and we were able to win a championship one year and it was a great feeling to have the kids learn from you and look up to them and ask questions.
"Danville is like a great big family and it was family atmosphere and me and my cousin, Edward Clark, who is now at Robert Morris, helped me and we were all on the same page. The kids will always remember me for making a great impact."
Rowell played for the Tri-Town Titans of the Midwest Professional Indoor Football League in 2017 and in 2018, played for the Kansas City Phantoms of the Champions Indoor Football League. He was also invited to several camps for the Bloomington Edge and the Columbus (Ga.) Lions of the National Arena League.
He also participated in the NFL regional combine in 2015 at the Chicago Bears facility in Lake Forest and for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the Canadian Football League in 2015 and 2016.
While Rowell will return to Kentucky, it will be a different atmosphere at Kentucky Wesleyan than at Kentucky Christian.
"When I was at Kentucky Christian, there was not much to do there. So Owensboro is a fast-growing city with a lot of opportunities," Rowell said. "It is not far for Louisville, Evansville, Ind. and Nashville, so it is a nice city.
"I have been working camps and I have been learning as much as I can from experienced coaches, so we are on the same page. I have been traveling and going to camps and learning the defense and learning the college atmosphere, so I can be prepared when the kids get here."
What Rowell is doing now is building a career ... a career that he hopes that can make ripples that even Danville can feel it.
"I worked at Danville and North Ridge for three years with wrestling and track. I had so much impact in Danville and it is something that I always wanted to do," Rowell said. "I just want to make an impact from far away and want the kids to know that education and sports can take you a long way in life. Growing up in Fair Oaks and everyone seeing my grind and hustle, I just want to let everyone know that you can make it. There is other ways in sports, you can be successful."