Former Salisbury State College football coach Mike McGlinchey, who guided the Sea Gulls to a 44-11-1 record in five years and the NCAA Division III title game in 1986, is expected to be named head coach at Division III Frostburg State College today.
McGlinchey resigned as head coach at Central Connecticut State yesterday, telling his players in a 3:45 p.m. team meeting that he was "leaving to accept a position at another institution."
McGlinchey's wife, Marylane, said last night that her husband was offered a head coaching job Friday at another school "in the East and had to be there tomorrow morning [this morning]."
Marylane McGlinchey said her husband caught a flight out of town immediately after the team meeting. McGlinchey could not be reached for comment last night.
Frostburg State athletic director Loyal Park said last night that he has called a news conference for 11:40 this morning to name a new head football coach, replacing Dennis Riccio, who resigned to become head coach at St. Lawrence University.
Riccio said from Canton, N.Y., last night that McGlinchey was one of three coaches interviewed for the Frostburg position and appeared to be the one chosen to replace him.
"Mike and two of my assistants at Frostburg, Paul Barnes and Greg Wallace, were interviewed, and I know Paul and Greg didn't get the job," said Riccio.
When asked if McGlinchey was the new Frostburg State coach, Riccio said, "You're close."
But Park wouldn't confirm that McGlinchey, 45, was going to be the Bobcats head coach because "nobody to my knowledge has told anybody, and I have told everybody who has called me to wait until the press conference to find out."
McGlinchey took over a mediocre program at Central Connecticut and made the team respectable in a five-year stint that produced a 17-27-3 record.