Dan Glynn admits being somewhat surprised at the Owl’s success in Helmet Bowl I.
Kennesaw State defeated the Bridgewater Eagles by more than 700 votes in the first round of the National bracket after winning the Big South by a wide margin. Then defeated the Lyon Scots by less than 100, the favorited Mississippi State Golden Eagles by more than 500, and the Georgia State Panthers by less than 50.
Now they face the Gallaudet Bison, who have mustered the nation’s deaf community to vote for their helmet. The winner faces the San Diego State Aztecs or the Central Michigan Chippewas for the Helmet Bowl National Championship.
Success on every level so far, yet Glynn wonders how at times.
“That gold to some people can be pretty ugly,” he admits.
The golden yellow helmet supports an interlocking K and S for the Owls, and it’s relatively new.
In fact, football at Kennesaw State is relatively new. Legendary Georgia Bulldogs Coach Vince Dooley helped to create the feasibility study. Then, three years ago, the Owls took the field for the first time.
Now, they contend. This year they made it to the FCS quarter-finals, losing to Sam Houston State, finishing 12-2.
The K and S is meant to mimic the classic Notre Dame N and D logo, Dan tells us. A student body vote pushed the design to the top.
He first heard about Helmet Bowl at the AEMA Convention in Atlanta, and as the Owls started making waves in the Conference play, he ramped up the social media to build the vote. Now, the coaches, staff, team, and even his Mom Coleen regularly push the vote.
After being hurt his senior year of football in high school, Dan enrolled at nearby Grand Valley State in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He studied sports management, but along the way got a hold of Coach Chuck Martin (now at Miami of Ohio) and asked to work in the equipment room. “I wanted to stay involved in football and found out that this is what I wanted to do.”
“This is my thing now” he says. “I truly love what I do.”
Dan serves the AEMA as the Division III president.
“The opportunity to relate to the kids, to help them grow and be better people in the world—not just football players, that is why I do what I do.”
Dan works with 12 student managers and a full-time Olympic sports’ equipment manager at KSU.
He interned for the Jacksonville Jaguars and worked at Georgia State before landing with the Owls.
When he is not working, you can find Dan outside fishing, hiking, and camping. When inside, it’s jigsaw puzzles and video games. Now though, he’s getting out the Owl vote, hoping for a Helmet Bowl I Championship.
“Please keep voting for the Owls—we are new but making a splash!”