Thistlethwaite pictured in Sargasso 1913, Earlham yearbook
|Sport(s)||Football, basketball, baseball|
March 18, 1885|
|Died||October 6, 1956
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
Oak Park HS (IL)
|Administrative career (AD unless noted)|
|Head coaching record|
|Overall||116–70–14 (college football)
22–25 (college basketball)
18–17–1 (college baseball)
|Accomplishments and honors|
1 Big Ten Conference (1926)
Glenn Franklin Thistlethwaite (March 18, 1885 – October 6, 1956) was an American football coach. He served as the head football coach at Earlham College (1909–1912), Northwestern University (1922–1926), the University of Wisconsin–Madison (1927–1931), Carroll College in Wisconsin (1932–1933), and the University of Richmond (1934–1941), compiling a career college football record of 116–70–14. Coaching at Northwestern from 1922 to 1926, Thistlethwaite compiled a 21–17–1 record, making him one of the most successful coaches in Northwestern Wildcats football history. In 1926, his team won a share of the Big Ten Conference title, only the second in school history, and his tenure sparked a revival in Northwestern football after a post-World War I decline. From 1927 to 1931, Thistlethwaite coached at Wisconsin, tallying a 26–16–3 mark. From 1934 to 1941, he coached at Richmond, where he oversaw the school's entry into the Southern Conference in 1936. Born in Franklin, Indiana in 1885, Thistlethwaite died at the age of 71 on October 6, 1956 of a heart attack at a hospital in Richmond, Virginia.
Thistlethwaite was the 15th head football coach for at Northwestern University located in Evanston, Illinois and held that position for five seasons, from 1922 until 1926. His coaching record at Northwestern was 21 wins, 17 losses, and 1 tie. This ranks him tenth at Northwestern in total wins and seventh at Northwestern in winning percentage.
Thistlethwaite was the 17th head football coach for the Carroll College Pioneers located in Waukesha, Wisconsin and held that position for two seasons, from 1932 until 1933. His career coaching record at Carroll College was 10 wins, 2 losses, and 1 ties. This ranks him 13th at Carroll College in total wins and first at Carroll College in winning percentage.
Head coaching record
|Earlham Quakers () (1909–1912)|
|Northwestern Purple/Wildcats (Big Ten Conference) (1922–1926)|
|Wisconsin Badgers (Big Ten Conference) (1927–1931)|
|Carroll Pioneers () (1932–1933)|
|Richmond Spiders (Virginia Conference) (1934–1935)|
|Richmond Spiders (Southern Conference) (1936–1941)|
|National championship Conference title Conference division title|
- AP (October 7, 1956). "GLENN THISTLETHWAITE; Former Footboll Coach Had Only One Losing Season". The New York Times. Retrieved August 16, 2011.
- Northwestern Wildcats coaching records