By Joe Holley
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, January 19, 2007
Edward Scott "Scotty" Glacken, 62, a former record-setting quarterback at Duke University and the winningest football coach in Georgetown University history, died Dec. 27 at his home in Bethesda of hypertensive arteriosclerotic cardiovascular disease.
Mr. Glacken first came to Georgetown in 1968 as a 24-year-old assistant to coach Maurice "Mush" Dubofsky and took over as head coach during the 1969 season, shortly before the university decided to upgrade the program from club level to NCAA Division III non-scholarship status. Georgetown, which began playing football in 1887, played in the 1941 Orange Bowl and then dropped football in 1950 because of financial concerns. Longtime Hoya fans credit Mr. Glacken with never letting football disappear on the Hilltop.
As the part-time head coach on a year-to-year basis, with a part-time, mainly volunteer staff, Mr. Glacken juggled his coaching duties with his day job as president of Potomac Capital Investment Corp., a real estate development firm. "Scooter Glacken" on the field and "E. Scott Glacken" in the office, he also held positions with the securities firm Johnston & Lemon and United Equity Corp.
"You get to be 43 years old and it ain't easy," he told The Washington Post in 1987. Mr. Glacken credited his business partner with allowing him to continue coaching "and not have to take the vow of poverty with the Jesuits."
A fun-loving, gregarious man who enjoyed his family and fishing on the Chesapeake Bay, he also told The Post that he had thought about coaching at a higher level but after several years at Georgetown decided against it.
"I'm a home boy from D.C. -- I've lived here all my life -- and I never wanted to let the job dictate where I lived," he said.
His 1978 team finished 7-1, the best showing by a Georgetown team since 1939. His 1991 team rolled up a school-record 3,609 yards in total offense, as well as a school-record 2,868 yards in passing offense. His teams twice finished in the top 10 in balloting for the Lambert Bowl, awarded to the best small college team in the East.
In 1993, on the eve of the Hoyas' return to Division I football after a 42-year absence, the university announced that Mr. Glacken would not be rehired, as the Hoyas sought to compete at a more ambitious level.
"I'm shocked," Mr. Glacken told The Post then. "It's not like I wasn't responsive to the program. . . . I've spent 25 years here, and I've dedicated myself to the education of the players. I've made sacrifices financially as well as time with my family."
He described his football experience at Georgetown as "the most rewarding thing I've done in my life" and expressed disappointment "that this part of my life has been taken away from me."
Mr. Glacken was born in the District and began his football career at age 12 at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School. A standout high school baseball player and quarterback at St. John's College High School, he was named All-Atlantic Coast Conference as a sophomore and junior at Duke and still holds several Blue Devil passing records.
After Duke, where he received a bachelor's degree in 1966, he played two seasons for the Denver Broncos, then of the American Football League. In a 1967 exhibition game, he quarterbacked the Broncos to a historic win over the Detroit Lions, marking the first time a team from the upstart AFL defeated an NFL team.
After his coaching career, Mr. Glacken was managing director of Emerging Markets Partnership Global, an international private equity firm. More recently he had served as president and chief executive of the Yellow Ribbon Fund, a nonprofit organization set up to meet the needs of soldiers injured in the Iraq war and their families as the soldiers undergo rehabilitation at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.
"My dad was so pumped. He was going to make this the next big thing that he did," said his daughter, Stacey Jones of Vienna.
He was inducted into the Georgetown Athletic Hall of Fame in 2002 and was also a member of the St. John's College High School and Duke University halls of fame.
In addition to his daughter, survivors include his wife of 40 years, Margaret Glacken of Bethesda; two other daughters, Kirsten Slowey of Catonsville, Md., and Bridget Sokol of Olney; his mother, Julie Glacken of Newport, R.I.; four sisters, Anna Jude Anton, Elise Bloodwell and Mary Ellen Grosvenor, all of Newport, and Grace Elizabeth Glacken of Kensington; and two brothers, Bill Glacken of Salinas, Calif., and John Glacken of Silver Spring.