I am Glenn Coble. I’m running for State Representative in your 86th district.
I was born into a Republican Methodist minister’s family in Indianapolis. I grew up in South Bend and attend two high schools Adams and Central where I took pride in being the only violin playing middle linebacker. When I was a sophomore we moved to Valparaiso where I excelled at football and chorus at my third high school.
While in Valparaiso I became part of a folk trio, The Lemonlighters, who garnered enough success to cut two albums. The three of us went off to college and I headed to Butler to play football.
With the Vietnam War ragging, the three members of the trio were on the cusp of being drafted. Eventually we gained the opportunity to audition to be the featured act for the United States Army Field Band out of Washington D.C. We toured with the band for over three years. I completed my enlistment as a Staff Sergeant in 1972. While in the Army I married the daughter of my family’s doctor, Caryl Ann Makovsky.
After returning from the service I graduated from Valparaiso University in 1973 After school I was an actor for a while, worked in broadcasting and plunged myself into retail sales management. Out of nowhere I was asked to work as the Sports Information Director at DePaul University where after 7 months I found myself at the “Final Four” directing publicity and PR for the Blue Demons. The following 17 years found me being promoted to Assistant Athletic Director at DePaul and then at Ohio University.
When I left OU I dabbled in sales, writing, editing and finally bought a sporting goods store. The internet squeezed me out of that business after 5 years and I was asked to direct marketing at a Marion credit union. After 12 years I decided to retire.