Moving the Chains with . . . Western Illinois LB Zach Glisan

Moving the Chains with . . . Western Illinois LB Zach Glisan
Zach Glisan wraps up his Western Illinois career Saturday against nationally ranked Northern Iowa. (photo courtesy The Hawk Eye)

Zach Glisan is a small town guy who developed into a big-time player for Western Illinois.

Glisan, listed at 6-foot-2 and 232 pounds, emerged as the Leathernecks' leading tackler this season. He will play his final game Saturday when WIU visits nationally ranked and playoff-bound Northern Iowa.

While his final collegiate season may not have played out as he and his teammates desired in terms of wins and losses, Glisan stood proudly with 12 other Leathernecks on the Hanson Field turf to soak in the applause of Senior Day from friends and family.

Get to know Zach Glisan in our Prairie State Pigskin Moving the Chains Q&A.


Redshirt Senior

Hometown:  Abingdon, Ill.

High School: Abingdon-Avon

You’re from a small town, so how do you explain small-town life to someone from the city or suburbs?

Small town life is just about everywhere you go, you’re going to know everyone. You’re going to have conversations with everyone. Being from a small town, if you’re a big athlete, they’re all going to follow you wherever you go. I take a lot of pride in my town and all the support that they give me.

When you were a kid, did you have a favorite college football team that you followed?

Not really a favorite team . . . I did follow the Illini and being pretty close to Western I enjoyed watching them, but I just watched the game since I enjoy football.

What are studying at Western?

I’m a business marketing major and right now I’m getting my MBA and my concentration is finance. After football I’d like to work in healthcare administration or position myself into sports business areas too.

Prior to getting to Western, were your favorite classes more math-oriented?

My favorites were classes with numbers and problem solving.

What is a charity or a charitable cause that you feel is most deserving of people’s contributions?

Right after I graduated high school I participated in the Shriner’s All-Star Game in Bloomington. As you know, Shriner’s is for kids who are less fortunate and have some type of disability. It’s a great cause for people to donate to. 

What is something you did as a kid that you look back on now and shake your head?

I was big into the airsoft gun and paintball gun when I was growing up. Me and my buddies would have paintball and airsoft wars for fun. Now, looking back at it, I don’t know if we’d have the energy to go out and do stuff like that. 

What singer or band would you recommend to people if they asked?

Kane Brown. Over the summer I was at a Kane Brown concert in Peoria and really enjoyed it. 

If animals could talk, which animal would be the most annoying?

Little dogs. They’re always barking and yipping when someone opens the door in those annoying little voices.

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