Glen Lanham enters his third season on the Purdue wrestling staff after four years at the University of North Carolina, where he worked primarily with the middle to upper weight classes and headed the Tarheels' recruiting efforts. He continues his recruiting talents at Purdue, while working primarily with the middle weight classes and coordinating the Boilermakers' scheduling.
Lanham quickly impacted the Purdue program, helping several Boilermakers to breakout seasons, including 165-pounder Luke Manuel, 157-pounder Nick Bertucci and 174-pounder Nick Corpe. Manuel made the largest strides, winning 29 matches, placing third at the Big Ten Championships and falling just one win shy of NCAA All-America honors at the national championships. His second-year brought more success from Manuel as he qualified for his second straight national tournament, while 157-pound teammate Colton Salazar advanced to NCAA's as well.
The Boilermakers' last two recruiting classes have garnered a wealth of national honors with help from Lanham, including the nation's No. 12 class from InterMat.com. It marked the second straight top-20 national recruiting class for the Boilermakers as they reeled in three of the nation's top-100 ranked recruits, including a pair of 2009 USA Wrestling Junior national champions.
Lanham was instrumental in organizing the first-ever Boilermaker Challenge, which featured several highly touted teams from across the country, including conference rival Northwestern, Kent State and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. The highly successful event, which was held in conjunction with the 95-year Purdue Wrestling celebration, will move to Northwestern in 2009, but is scheduled to return to West Lafayette in the future.
In his time in Chapel Hill, Lanham tutored four Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Champions and nine NCAA Championships qualifiers. He also went to great lengths to improve the Tarheels' program, bringing in an Intermat Wrestling Top-25 recruiting class in 2006-07. Prior to UNC, Lanham worked as a high school teacher and wrestling coach in Oklahoma from 1991-2003. He was at Midwest City High School for seven years, where he mentored several state champions and sent them on to prestigious college programs. While at Midwest City, he was also volunteering his time at Oklahoma University with several All-Americans.
Lanham served as a graduate assistant at Oklahoma State University (OSU) from 1988-1991, helping the Cowboys to a pair of NCAA Championships. As a college competitor, he garnered All-American honors at both OSU and the University of Tennessee, where he earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in human service with an emphasis in juvenile counseling in August of 1988. He competed internationally post-college as a member of the Sunkist Kids team and was freestyle wrestling All-American.
A native of Lindenhurst, New York, Lanham is married to the former Melanie Davis.