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The Kansan - Newton, KS
  •  Glann announces resignation

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  • After 13 seasons leading the Newton High School football team, head football coach Brent Glann announced his resignation Wednesday. Glann was 55-69 at Newton and 67-76 in his head coaching career. “I got tired of it,” Glann said. “I’ve been doing this a long time. It’s been something I’ve been thinking about for awhile. Maybe I’ll be an assistant sometime, somewhere.” Newton was 3-6 last season, 1-4 in Ark Valley-Chisholm Trail League Division I play and 1-2 in district. A last second field goal scored by Andover in the regular-season finale kept the Railers from a Class 5A playoff berth. Under Glann, the Railers reached the playoffs six times. Newton won several AV-CTL Division II titles, but in the move to Division I, the Railers have struggled. “We turned the corner in 2002, and were doing really well against schools our size with similar resources. The last couple of years, we’ve been going against schools bigger than us with a lot more resources. All 13 of my teams have worked very hard, and I’m very proud of all of them.” Glann said the 2002 team was a milestone for the program. “We had a very good season,” Glann said. “We won a playoff game. It was very exciting the way the community got behind us and supported us.” During Glann’s tenure, Newton’s home stadium — Fischer Field — underwent a multimillion dollar remodeling that included new locker rooms and artificial turf Glann said he has no immediate plans regarding football. He teaches history at the high school and plans to continue his teaching duties. “This is a great place to live,” Glann said. “I have two daughters who will be seniors. I have a son who will be in eighth grade soon, and I’d love the chance to coach him.” “He’s put in a lot of time and hard work in the program,” Newton athletic director Brian Engelken said. “He’s done a lot of good things for the program.” Engelken said no time table has been set on hiring a new coach.  

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