Former Bronco David Glidden is back on the Mustang sidelines.
Glidden returned to Mustang after three preseason games with the Atlanta Falcons and is now coaching the Bronco receivers on a volunteer basis, making his debut Friday at Norman. Although he could still have a future in the NFL, he’s discovered coaching could be a fallback plan.
“I’ve always thought of coaching being a career,” Glidden said. “Putting the headset on was different. I’ve always wondered how that works and what gets said on those things. But I enjoyed being on that side of things and keeping the guys locked in.”
Glidden was a standout, All-Big 12 performer as a wide receiver for Oklahoma State before being invited to try out for the Falcons over the summer. He played in three preseason games and caught two passes before being cut prior to the team’s fourth preseason game.
Now he’s transitioning from learning to teaching.
“I’m trying to teach them the small details,” Glidden said of what he preaches to Mustang’s receivers. “I’m still learning coach (Kyle) Williams’ offense, but I’m trying to stick with the fundamentals like guys on their routes and correct fits on blocks or what to do in man or zone. I kind of had to take myself back to the basics from college so I can make those things clear for them.
“You don’t want to tell them too much, but at the same time the small details can make a big difference in the long run.”
Glidden received the invite from Mustang coach Jeremy Dombek, who is excited to have an NFL receiver on board his coaching staff.
“He brings a fresh perspective as far as techniques and being an extra set of eyes,” Dombek said. “He will be great for special teams because he was a special teams stud at OSU. We really don’t have a guy with that type of experience.”
Dombek actually coached against Glidden in high school while at Edmond North.
“I think I was personally responsible for him getting his scholarship to OSU,” Dombek said jokingly. “He had that kind of game against us. He was one of the top high school players I’ve ever seen.”
Although this isn’t Glidden’s final stop, he’s humbled to be back home coaching his former team.
“I take a lot of pride being able to come back here,” he said. “The fact that the staff accepted me on and gives me the reigns to work with these kids is humbling. It’s cool to listen to what they have to say because of where they’ve been and what they’ve done.
“And it’s cool just to be back here. I enjoy it and for right now it’s what I want to do. It’s a natural fit.”