Former Baylor OC Takes Same Job At UNLV

Glenn Thomas Spent Three Years Running Bears' Offense

Paul Ihander
April 24, 2020 - 3:54 am
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UNLV football head coach Marcus Arroyo has completed his full-time, on-field staff with the official announcement of collegiate and NFL veteran Glenn Thomas as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, the athletics department announced Thursday. 
The position was offered and accepted before the state’s hiring freeze was instituted.
“We are absolutely fired up about adding a coach with Glenn’s level of talent, pedigree and experience to the Rebel family,” said Arroyo. “He has demonstrated his ability to guide offenses and help players reach their full potential in both college and the NFL. He will play an integral role in our offensive game strategy and quarterback development.”
For the last three seasons, Thomas served as co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for Big 12 Conference power Baylor. The Bears went 11-3 last season and ranked No. 7 in the final CFP ranking en route to an appearance in the Allstate Sugar Bowl. While in Waco from 2017-19, Thomas developed Charlie Brewer into one of the most prolific quarterbacks in program history, totaling 69 touchdown passes in three years. The 2019 Davey O'Brien Award Semifinalist threw for 3,161 yards and 21 touchdowns along with rushing for 344 yards and 11 scores last fall. In Thomas’ first season on campus, Brewer was named Big 12 Co-Freshman Offensive Player of the Year. 
Thomas moved to Baylor along with head coach Matt Rhule after serving together at Temple University from 2015-16. In two years with the Owls, one as quarterbacks coach and the second as offensive coordinator, Thomas helped the program post the school’s first back-to-back 10-win seasons and bowl berths and capture the 2016 American Athletic Conference title. Under Thomas' direction in 2016, the offensive production increased 46.9 yards per game (from 366.7 to 413.6) and 2.6 points per game (from 29.8 to 32.4). In his first season at Temple, Thomas mentored junior QB P.J. Walker as he threw for 3,295 yards and 22 touchdowns.
Prior to his arrival in Philadelphia, Thomas spent seven seasons in the NFL. He was the Atlanta Falcons quarterbacks coach for three seasons after four years as an offensive assistant for the club. During the three seasons when Thomas guided quarterback Matt Ryan, the former first round pick threw for more than 4,500 and 26 touchdowns in each campaign, earning Pro Bowl honors in 2013 and 2015 and cementing himself as the best quarterback in franchise history. In 2012, Ryan set franchise single-season highs in passing yards (4,719), touchdown passes (32) and completion percentage (68.6). Atlanta’s offense also featured perennial all-pros Roddy White and Julio Jones at wide receiver, Michael Turner at running back, and legendary tight end Tony Gonzalez.
Prior to joining the Falcons, Thomas coached at Midwestern State in Wichita Falls, Texas, from 2001-07. As a graduate assistant coaching wide receivers from 2001-04, the Mustangs won the Lone Star North Division Championship in his first season. Thomas oversaw the school's passing game and quarterbacks in the 2004 campaign and helped guide MSU to its first NCAA Division II playoff appearance in school history. Thomas transformed MSU’s offense into a powerhouse while serving as coordinator from 2005-07. During his final season, the Mustang offense led the entire NCAA in total offense (550.0 yards per game) and rushing yards per game (317.0).
Between seasons at Midwestern State, Thomas spent time with the Baltimore Ravens. He was responsible for working with wide receivers (2002-03, '05) and helped with Baltimore's quarterbacks. It was there where he was introduced to future Falcons head coach Mike Smith. The two also worked together during Smith's tenure with the Jacksonville Jaguars for one season in 2004.
Following his graduation from Texas Tech, Thomas began his coaching career as a student assistant at his alma mater from 1998-2001.