He’s a former Red Tornadoes assistant
whose first head-coaching job was at Patton
Editor’s note: This story has been edited to correct Glass’ tenure at Lincolnton, the number of years he has been a head coach and his career record.
By CHRIS HOBBS
HICKORY – Joe Glass, head football coach at Lincolnton High for the last two seasons and an assistant coach during his career at Hickory, is the new leader of the Red Tornadoes’ football program.
Glass will meet with current football players and prospective football players and their parents at the HHS gym on Wednesday at 6 p.m.
The school system announced it will schedule a Meet & Greet for HHS supporters and the community at a later date.
As HobbsDailyReport.com reported on the coaching opening at HHS, multiple sources said Glass was among the three finalists and then was the choice.
HobbsDailyReport.com did not publish Glass’ name until this story to protect his privacy in his position as head football coach at Lincolnton.
Glass replaces Russell Stone, who was given an option of resigning or be fired in late April after four seasons as HHS head coach. He resigned on April 28.
Hickory went 0-7 last season overall and 0-6 in the Northwestern 3A-4A, and 15-27 under Stone.
Lincolnton went 1-5 last season in the South Fork 2A. It was Glass’ second season there (3-8 in 2019), and he came there after one season at Eastern Guilford (10-3).
His nine seasons as a head coach include two years at Patton (2012, 2013), four seasons at Concord Robinson (starting in 2014) and then one year at Eastern Guilford and two years at Lincolnton.
Glass’ career record is 53-42.
He also had stints as an assistant coach at Patton, Alexander Central, Hickory, East Burke and South Iredell.
Glass is a 1995 graduate of Freedom.
He was not available for comment on Tuesday and did not return phone calls seeking comment. When earlier reached by HobbsDailyReport.com and asked about interest in the HHS job, he declined comment.
Confirmation of a teaching contract offer — needed by HHS Principal Rebecca Tuttle before she can assign Glass as head football coach – is expected within 24 to 48 hours in response to a request by HobbsDailyReport.com for notification of anyone hired by the Hickory Public Schools at a Tuesday night meeting.
HobbsDailyReport.com is publishing Glass’ hire now because it has obtained via additional sources that Glass was approved by the HPS Board of Education.
Jason White, an attorney representing HPS, said Tuesday the school system would provide a press release to all media on Wednesday morning — if the HPS board in fact did approve a teaching contract for someone who would become head football coach.
That press release from Beverly Snowden, HPS public information officer, is expected on Wednesday morning.
She and HPS Superintendent Dr. Robert Adell would neither confirm or deny when asked (via e-mail) early Tuesday about whether Tuttle had coordinated a Meet and Greet with the new head coach for Wednesday at 6 p.m.
In an e-mail late Tuesday afternoon, White said Snowden would issue a press release if there was news related to HHS football, and that HobbsDailyReport.com will receive a list of all school system hires approved Tuesday within 24 to 48 hours.
Actions by school boards are a matter of public record under state statutes, which say a public body has a “reasonable” amount of time to respond to such requests.