Dec. 5, 2005
BEAUMONT - Vernon Glass, who served as Lamar's football coach for 13 years from 1963-75, passed away in Cuero on Saturday.
Visitation will be 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Freund Funeral Home (361-275-2343) in Cuero. There will be an Episcopal service Wednesday at 10 a.m. at St. Mark's Lutheran Church in Cuero with the Rev. John Padgett officiating. Burial will follow at Seaside Memorial Cemetery in Corpus Christi.
Glass posted a career record of 63-68-1 and guided the Cardinals to four Southland Conference Championships. In just his second year, Glass guided Lamar to a 6-3-1 record and the SLC title. The Cardinals were invited to the Pecan Bowl, where they lost 19-17 to Northern Iowa.
A native of Bloomburg, Glass helped Lamar win SLC titles in 1965 and 1966, which gave the Cardinals three straight conference championships. The other SLC title came in 1971. His best season at Lamar was in 1974 when the Cardinals posted an 8-2 record. He was named SLC Coach of the Year in 1970 and 1974.
In addition, Glass was named NCAA College Division Coach of the Year in 1964 and 1965 and was recognized by the Texas Sports Writers Association at Junior College Coach of the Year in 1959.
Glass began his coaching career at Del Mar Junior College in 1956. He served one-year as head coach, guiding the Vikings to a 9-0 record before falling in the Junior Rose Bowl. Glass served as an assistant coach at Baylor from 1960-62 before succeeding J.B. Higgins at Lamar in 1963.
As a collegiate star at Rice University, Glass was a three-year letterwinner in both football and baseball. He captained the 1950 football team and the 1951 baseball team. He keyed Rice's drive to the 1949 Southwest Conference crown and into the Cotton Bowl when he rallied the Owls to a 17-15 win over Texas in a showdown in Austin. In his first game at Rice Stadium in 1950, Glass threw for 217 yards in a 27-7 win over Santa Clara.
Before joining the coaching profession, Glass spent two years in the Air Force, lading Carswell Air Base to the 1952 national service championship. He also played one year of professional baseball at Corpus Christi in 1953.