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Scott grew up in the state of Washington. He graduated in 1980 from Evergreen High School in Vancouver, Washington. Thereafter, he attended Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon where he wrestled for two seasons. He then transferred to Eastern Washington University in Cheney, Washington, and wrestled for two years and coached one season. He graduated in 1985 with a bachelor’s degree in speech communication and education. He also holds a bachelor’s degree in English from California State University, Long Beach and a master’s degree in athletic administration from Concordia University.
In the fall of 1990, he took his teaching and coaching skills to Santa Ana High School at a time when the sport was struggling dismally to gain the respect of the Orange County Wrestling community. In 1993, he guided the Saints to their first league championship then to a further twenty-five straight league titles. Glabb’s teams have also won thirteen CIF (California Inter-scholastic Federation) titles. He has, to date, compiled an overall record of 414 wins and 71 losses. He has coached thirty-six individual CIF champions, sixty state qualifiers and eighteen state place winners.
Aside from these accomplishments, he is extremely proud of two national championship wrestlers he has coached, Tony Perez (1998) and José Leon (1999). Also, an alumni of Glabb’s is professional mixed martial arts fighter Gilbert “El Nino” Melendez who holds a world championship belt at 155 pounds and now fights for the UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championships). Glabb was awarded the National Wrestling Coaches Association California State Wrestling Coach of the Year in 1999 and was also the recipient of the California Coaches Association State Wrestling Coach of the Year Award for the 2006–2007 season. Glabb was inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame: California Chapter in 2014, inducted into the California Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2015 and was part of the inaugural class for the Santa Ana Unified School District’s Sports Wall of Fame for 2015.
He is also involved with the campus ministry Fellowship of Christian Athletes and was honored as the FCA “John Wooden” Southern California Coach of the Year in 2003. In 2017, he was selected as the Santa Ana Unified School Districts High School Teacher of the Year and a semi-finalist for the Orange County Teacher of the Year. Glabb has been married to his wife, Andrea, since November 2000. She is a science teacher at Loara High School in Anaheim. They have two sons and live in Costa Mesa. He continues to teach and coach at Santa Ana High School. The words he lives by: “People don’t care what you know until they know that you care.”