Harmeson pictured in Epitome 1940, Lehigh yearbook
March 9, 1908|
|Died||June 1983 (aged 75)|
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
Purdue (first assistant)
|Administrative career (AD unless noted)|
|Head coaching record|
|Accomplishments and honors|
1 Middle Three (1936)
Glen W. Harmeson (March 9, 1908 – June 1983) was an American football player, coach of football and basketball, and college athletics administrator. He served as the head football coach at Lehigh University (1934–1941), Wabash College (1946–1950), and Arkansas State College—now Arkansas State University (1954), compiling a career college football record of 49–60–11. Harmeson was also the head basketball coach at Lehigh from 1934 to 1937 and at Wabash from 1950 to 1951, tallying a career college basketball mark of 20–43.
Harmeson was a high school star in basketball, football, and baseball for Indianapolis' Emmerich Manual High School; he was awarded three varsity letters in each of three high school sports and was a three-time All-State basketball player.
During his intercollegiate career at Purdue, Harmeson was named all-Big Ten Conference in basketball, football, and baseball; he was a co-captain for the 1930 Big Ten champion basketball team with Stretch Murphy and a teammate of John Wooden and was a member of the 1928 Big Ten champions. He led the Boilermakers to the 1929 Big Ten title in football, quarterbacking them to a perfect record of 8–0 (5–0 in conference), outscoring the opposition 187–44. He was the first Purdue athlete to play on two teams in same academic year that posted undefeated conference marks. As a freshman at Purdue, he was awarded four freshman letters.
He was inducted into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame in 1981.
Harmeson was the 18th head football coach for the Lehigh Engineers, now the Lehigh Mountain Hawks, in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania and he held that position for eight seasons, from 1934 until 1941. His overall coaching record at Lehigh was 23 wins, 42 losses, and 5 ties. This ranks him ninth at Lehigh in terms of total wins and 18th at Lehigh in terms of winning percentage.
Harmeson's next coaching move was to become the 23rd head coach for the Wabash College Little Giants located in Crawfordsville, Indiana and he held that position for five seasons, from 1946 until 1950. His coaching record at Wabash was 25 wins, 10 losses, and 6 ties. This ranks him eighth at Wabash in total wins and sixth at Wabash in winning percentage (.683).
After a four-year break, he coached the Arkansas State University football team for the 1954 season. After concluding with a record of 1 win and 8 losses, he retired from coaching.
Head coaching record
|Lehigh Engineers (Middle Three Conference) (1934–1941)|
|Wabash Little Giants (Indiana Intercollegiate Conference) (1946–1957)|
|Wabash Little Giants (NCAA College Division independent) (1948–1950)|
|Arkansas State Indians (NCAA College Division independent) (1954)|
|National championship Conference title Conference division title|