Gene Glynn graduated from Waseca High School in 1975 and from Mankato State University in 1979. While in high school, Gene was one of the most outstanding all-around athletes to ever perform for the Bluejays while playing football, basketball and baseball. He was captain in all three sports. He was all-conference three times in basketball, twice in football and twice in baseball. Gene was named All-State and All-American in both basketball and baseball.
Gene earned 10 letters in high school, four in basketball and three each in football and baseball. He played on four conference championships, two each in basketball and baseball. He helped lead the Bluejays into the state basketball tournament in 1974 and 1975. The Bluejays would also have made the state tournament when he was a freshman had it not been for a shot made at the buzzer from beyond mid-court against Red Wing in 1972.
Gene completed his basketball career as the Bluejays all-time leading scorer and the all-time leader in assists. He was named Minnesota’s first Mr. Basketball after his senior season and he was also named National FCA High School Athlete of the Year in 1975.
Gene continued his athletic career at Mankato State where he was an outstanding basketball and baseball player, earning four letters in basketball and three in baseball and was named all-conference in both sports. He was captain in both sports and set Mankato State records for assists and steals in basketball and stolen bases in baseball as his teams won conference championships in both sports. In baseball he helped lead his team to the Division II World Series and was team MVP.
After Mankato State, Gene continued his athletic career, this time in the professional ranks as he signed a contract with the Montreal Expos. After seven seasons as a player, Gene went into coaching at the professional level. He has the distinction of being the first manager hired by the Colorado Rockies when they were awarded an expansion team and he managed in the Northwest League that year.
In 1990, Gene was Northwestern League Manager of the Year. He has spent the past 27 years in professional baseball as a player, coach, manager and field coordinator. The past 11 years he has been in the Major Leagues as a coach with the Colorado Rockies, the Montreal Expos, the Chicago Cubs and the San Francisco Giants, the team for which he is currently the third base coach.
Gene also managed to find time to coach boys basketball at Mankato Loyola for three years from 1989-1992. He was named Region Coach of the Year in basketball and coached his Loyola team to a second place finish in the 1990 State Tournament.
Gene is also a member of the Mankato State University Athletic Hall of Fame.
Gene and his wife, Julie, have two children, Geno and Christopher.