FROSTBURG -- New Frostburg State head football coach Mike McGlinchey said he is a teacher who happens to coach football.
McGlinchey said yesterday that he took a pay cut to leave Division II Central Connecticut State for Division III Frostburg and that he is so delighted to be at the school that he would pay it to coach its team "if I had a million dollars."
And the man who coached Salisbury State to the NCAA Division III championship game in 1986 said he is not coming to Frostburg to turn the program around but to help the school go forward in football.
But there were some different vibes coming from the Frostburg State players and some members of the administration yesterday after McGlinchey was named the school's coach at the most elaborate news conference anybody could remember for a new coach at this school.
They see McGlinchey, 47, as a major force in Division III who will be able to send the school on its way to a national championship.
Mike Jones, who will be a senior quarterback on McGlinchey's first team next fall, said, "He's been at the national level, and we feel he will help us get the recognition we deserve."
Jones and his teammates were frustrated the past three seasons under departed coach Dennis Riccio because the team went 9-1, 9-1 and 7-3 and never was invited to the Division III tournament.
McGlinchey was the NCAA Division III co-Coach of the Year for the 1986 season, and he guided Salisbury State to three Division III playoff berths and a 44-11-1 record in five seasons.
Frostburg State athletic director Loyal Park said of McGlinchey: "He was chosen over 26 head coaches from Division I to Division III. They were part of 100 applicants and 50 other people we contacted. I've never seen such high recommendations. He was given a standing ovation by the players two weeks ago when he was introduced to them after his interview. Mike has a tremendous recruiting reputation in Maryland."
Jimmy Carter, who will be a senior wingback for the Bobcats, said the standing ovation was touched off by McGlinchey's emotional speech about how he wanted "the players to be as good as we can be."
McGlinchey said he applied for the Frostburg State job when Central Connecticut began talking about the possibility of dropping football rather than being forced by the NCAA to play at Division I-AA since it is Division I in basketball.
McGlinchey went to Central Connecticut in 1987 after going to the Division III championship game with Salisbury State.
"I was younger at the time and wanted to see what it was like coaching at Division II," he said. "You never know about something until you experience it. Now I realize that Division III is perfect for me."
Carter, one of seven members of a search committee, said McGlinchey was one of five interviewed for the job. He said the others were Ty Clark, head coach at Division III Waynesburg College, and three assistants (Paul Barnes, Greg Wallace and Mike Ricketts) under Riccio.