HOUSTON – Houston head football coach Tony Levine announced the hiring of Glen Elarbee Monday as the program’s offensive line coach. Elarbee comes to Houston after spending last season as Middle Tennessee State’s offensive line coach where the o-line ranked second nationally in sacks allowed, having given up just seven sacks.
“One of the first things Coach Meacham and I discussed was who we wanted to fill the offensive line position and Glen’s name continually came up in our conversations,” said Levine. “He worked alongside Doug for two seasons at Oklahoma State and has championship experience on LSU’s staff. He is an up-and-coming prospect in this profession and the fact Middle Tennessee was second nationally in sacks allowed speaks volumes to that.”
Under Elarbee’s watch, MTSU center Micah James received All-Sun Belt Conference honors this season as the ringleader of the offensive line while the group helped pave the way for three different 100-yard rushers.
Prior to his time at MTSU, Elarbee spent two seasons at West Georgia, first as the offensive line coach in 2010 before being elevated to offensive coordinator in 2011. At UWG, wide receiver and return specialist Denarius Appling earned All-American honors in 2011 and was one of three offensive players to receive All-Conference honors. The 2010 season saw offensive tackle Brandon White named the Gulf South Conference Freshman of the Year.
The Carrollton, Ga., native has experience coaching in bowl games as he spent the 2008 and 2009 seasons as an offensive graduate assistant at Oklahoma State under Meacham and the 2007 season on the staff of an LSU squad that captured the BCS National Championship. The 2008 Oklahoma State offense ranked among the top 10 nationally in rushing, total offense, scoring and pass efficiency while the 2007 LSU team scored at least 40 points in seven games.
Elarbee spent the 2006 season as the offensive line coach at East Central Community College in Decatur, Miss., after a year as Middle Tennessee State’s tight ends coach in 2005. Elarbee began his coaching career as a graduate assistant for the Blue Raiders in the 2003 and 2004 seasons.
As a collegiate offensive lineman, Elarbee played in 35 career games at Middle Tennessee, starting his final 23, and earned All-Conference honors as a junior and senior. A four-year letterman, Elarbee was a member of the program’s first Sun Belt Conference Champion in 2001. He had 91 knockdowns on 735 snaps as a senior.
Elarbee is married to the former Holly Coatney and the couple has one son, Griffin.