Glenn Brasel was born on a farm near Salem, Illinois on March 18, 1890. After completing his grade school education, he was a certified teacher. He taught in a few one room school houses in Southern Illinois, while taking college classes at Coarbondale. When WW1 commenced, he signed up with the US Army and spent two years in France. Upon returning home, he completed his education at Southern Illinois Teacher’s College (now SIU) and graduated in 1920 with a degree in industrial arts.
“Braz”, as he was known, taught at Casey for two years before coming to Hoopeston in 1922 as the industrial arts teacher and coach.
Coach Brasel soon became known as “Hoopeston’s winningest coach.” His record spoke for itself. His basketball team captured eight regional titles and one sectional giving him a win record of 87%. The story in football was similar. His overall career record was 162 wins, 36 losses and 11 ties. This outstanding feat earned him a place in the Illinois High School Football Coaches Hall of Fame.
Mr. Brasel was also instrumental in giving the school our nickname. As the story goes, people were always accusing his players of jerking corn for summer athletic training, so the athletes started calling themselves “Cornjerkers” and the name stuck.