Two-time Biletnikoff Award winner shares his favorite moments as a Cowboy
Rob Glass is in his 10th year as assistant athletic director for speed, strength and conditioning at his alma mater and was a key figure in Oklahoma State winning its first-ever Big 12 Conference title and making its first-ever BCS bowl game appearance in 2011.
Glass, one of the most recognized and preeminent strength and conditioning experts in college athletics, returned to OSU after a 10-year stint at Florida. He first worked for the Cowboys as both a football graduate assistant coach and strength coach from 1986-95 and his current tenure brings his total to 18 years at Oklahoma State.
During his career, Glass has worked with two Heisman Trophy winners (Barry Sanders and Danny Wuerffel), a Golden Spikes Award winner (Robin Ventura), a Thorpe Award winner (Lawrence Wright) a two-time Biletnikoff Award winner (Justin Blackmon), a Lou Groza Award winner (Dan Bailey) and a Ray Guy Award winner (Matt Fodge) in addition to 17 first-round NFL draft picks and three first-round NBA draft picks as well as countless All-Americans and Olympians.
After earning his bachelor's degree from Oklahoma State in 1984, Glass served on Pat Jones' football staff as a graduate assistant coach. He was named head strength coach at OSU in 1989 and served in that capacity until 1995, when he accepted a position as coordinator of strength and conditioning at Florida. He became Florida's director of strength and conditioning in 1998.
In May of 2002, Glass was named a Master Strength and Conditioning Coach, the highest honor that can be achieved as a strength and conditioning coach, by the National Conference of Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association.
Glass has been associated with 21 bowl teams since 1987, including the Alamo, Sun, Holiday, Insight, Cotton, Fiesta and Cactus Bowls at Oklahoma State, and 10 bowls at Florida, including the 1996 Fiesta Bowl, two Orange Bowls and two Sugar Bowls. He was at Florida for a national championship and worked with two Gator squads that played in the national title game. He worked with four UF teams that played in the SEC championship game.
At Oklahoma State, Glass has been instrumental in the development of All-Americans Barry Sanders, Thurman Thomas, Dez Bryant, Kendall Hunter, Brandon Pettigrew, Russell Okung, Justin Blackmon, Levy Adcock, Quinn Sharp, Justin Gilbert and Jason Gildon.
At Florida, he worked with Fred Taylor, Jevon Kearse, Gerard Warren, Kenyatta Walker, Rex Grossman and Lito Sheppard, all of whom were first-round draft picks in the National Football League.
Personal Glass was born July 3, 1961, in Newkirk, Okla. He is married to the former Laurie Lipe, and they have two children, Garrison and Jared.
Glass at a Glance Year By Year 1986-88: Oklahoma State, Graduate Assistant 1989-95: Oklahoma State, Head Strength Coach 1995-98: Florida, Coordinator of Strength & Conditioning 1998-2004: Florida, Director of Strength & Conditioning 2005-present: Oklahoma State, Assistant Athletic Director, Speed, Strength and Conditioning
Prominent Pupils Barry Sanders, Detroit Lions Russell Okung, Seattle Seahawks Justin Blackmon, Jacksonville Jaguars Dez Bryant, Dallas Cowboys Brandon Weeden, Cleveland Browns Brandon Pettigrew, Detroit Lions Kendall Hunter, San Francisco 49ers Danny Wuerffel, New Orleans Saints Thurman Thomas, Buffalo Bills Jevon Kearse, Tennessee Titans Fred Taylor, New England Patriots Jason Gildon, Pittsburgh Steelers Lito Sheppard, New York Jets Rex Grossman, Houston Texans Ike Hilliard, Tampa Bay Buccaneers