Greenwich native, St. Thomas head coach Caruso wins Liberty Mutual D-III Coach of the Year for second straight year

The accolades keep on coming for Glenn Caruso.

After taking his University of St. Thomas football team to the Division III championship game for the first time in school history, Caruso, a former member of the Greenwich High School football team, won the 2012 Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year Award.

“My dad used to say ‘Glenn, you’re not really anything unless you understand two things: all you are is a byproduct of your environment, the good and the bad, and the people that you choose to populate your life,'” Caruso said. “For that very reason, I think this award should go to the people that we have been able to populate our lives with because I am entirely grateful for them. I am also very grateful for the people of Liberty Mutual and what they stand for.”

 

This is the second consecutive Coach of the Year award for Caruso and the third consecutive time he has been nominated for the Liberty Mutual award.

During his acceptance speech earlier today, Caruso said the Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year award is especially meaningful to him, due to the award combining successes a team has, both on and off the field.

“If you look at the University of St. Thomas, I can assure you that our players and coaches have taken that very premise to heart,” Caruso said. “We produced winning seasons and championships, but more importantly we understand our civic responsibility to their given community by logging thousands of hours of community service and volunteerism. It goes without saying that the University of St. Thomas, family is a big deal to us.”

This past season, Caruso took the Tommies to the Stagg Bowl, falling to perennial powers Mount Union. Despite the loss in the game, St. Thomas finished the season 14-1 overall and was the fifth consecutive season that Caruso has improved his record with the Tommies.

“Like Liberty Mutual, we have had our fair share of successes,” said Caruso during his acceptance speech. “We are a pretty competitive group back at UST and enjoy winning greatly, but as a football coach, I can tell you that in my opinion, the one thing that trumps the victories that we have on Saturday afternoons in the fall is the idea that through this through this sport that we are all in love with and through our teachings, if we are willing to work hard enough, long enough, together enough and selfless enough that we could educate our young men for their future to be great parents, great role models, great husbands and great leaders in our community.

“Now a days, we need that more than ever,” Caruso added. “If we can do that, I don’t care how many games we win, I will consider myself very fortunate to be where I am.”

Caruso beat out Concordia University’s Lonnie Pries, Lake Forest College’s Jim Catanzaro, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh’s Pat Cerroni, and Coe College’s Steve Staker for the top D-III honor.

In winning the award, Liberty Mutual will donate $50,000 on Caruso’s behalf to Bucky’s Pride, the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and the Ronald McDonald House.

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