Campbell head coach Mike Minter has named Weston Glaser defensive coordinator.
Glaser joined the CU staff prior to the 2018 season as linebackers coach, and was named interim defensive coordinator for the Camels’ final three games of the year.
“The first thing I look for in any member of our staff or our players is our cornerstones. We need to bring industriousness and enthusiasm to work every day at a 10,” said Minter. “From day one, Glaser had that intensity and focus. He had the ability to step into some big shoes and not miss a beat, and by the end of the year, the room was his. Operating as the defensive coordinator, he gave our guys a simple, direct plan, and put them in position to make plays. He has an ability to think on his feet, lead and make the game simple.”
Campbell finished 2018 at 6-5 overall and 1-4 in its inaugural Big South season. With six wins, the Camels secured back-to-back winning seasons for the first time in the program’s modern era (since 2008), and tied an overall program record for victories.
The defense led the FCS in fewest passing yards allowed, surrendering just 122.5 per game, posting the seventh best pass efficiency defense (103.27). The Camels also ranked 15th in red zone defense (.724), 25th in scoring defense (22.0 points per game) and 25th in total defense (335.4 yards per game).
Glaser coached two of Campbell’s seven All-Big South picks in 2018, including middle linebacker Jack Ryan, who finished his career as the Camels’ all-time leader in tackles (321) and stops for loss (36.5), adding 9.5 sacks. Ryan was named Second Team All-Big South as a senior, ranking fourth in the league in tackles (89) and TFLs (8.5), while standing third in sacks (3.5). Ryan was named STATS FCS and Big South Defensive Player of the Week (10/1) after posting a season-high 15 tackles, 3.0 stops for loss and a sack in a win over North Alabama.
Damien Dozier was also named Second Team All-Big South, with the defensive end leading the conference in tackles for loss with 11.5. Dozier and Ryan helped hold Campbell opponents without an offensive TD four times in 2018, and without a first half touchdown six times.
With Glaser guiding the defense, the Camels picked up their first Big South win at Presbyterian, 34-6, holding the Blue Hose to just 12 passing yards, a Campbell single-game record, and only 176 yards of total offense. The Blue Hose completed 4-of-20 passes with an interception through the air, while running for 164 yards and a touchdown.
He spent the 2018 spring as defensive coordinator at Howard Payne University after serving as a defensive quality control coach at Texas A&M working with the defensive backs.
Glaser also brings experience from the NFL level, working for the Cleveland Browns scouting department from 2014-15.
The Waco, Texas, native also made a stop at UTEP from 2013-15, beginning as a defensive graduate assistant before being elevated to assistant coach. During his time in El Paso, Glaser worked with the Miners’ linebackers and defensive backs.
Glaser started his coaching career at his alma mater, Sam Houston State, where he played quarterback from 2008-09. With Glaser on staff from 2010-13, the Bearkats posted a 31-10 overall record with two Southland Conference championships and back-to-back FCS National Championship game appearances.
He was an assistant defensive secondary coach and video coordinator from 2012-13 and defensive backs assistant from 2010-12, mentoring defensive backs who earned All-Southland honors a total of 15 times. In 2012, Sam Houston led the Southland in rushing defense, total defense and pass efficiency defense and ranked sixth nationally in rushing defense.
The 2011 SHSU defense finished No. 1 in the nation in several categories, while the Bearkats notched a 14-1 overall mark, including a conference title and the first of consecutive national championship game appearances.
Glaser also worked as an assistant pit crew coach for Hendrick Motorsports of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and Nationwide Series from August 2014-January 2015, working with the pit crews for Jimmie Johnson and Dale Earnhardt, Jr.
Glaser earned his degree from Sam Houston State in 2012 with a major in history with a minor in education. Weston and his wife, Laura, have a son, Deacon.