1988 Glendale Football Team
Selected to Hall of Fame
The 1988 National Champion Glendale Community College
football squad has been selected to the NJCAA Football Hall of Fame.
The selection to the Hall of Fame is made by the National Junior
College Athletic Association Football Coaches,
In 1988, the Gauchos ascended to heights never before
achieved by a football team in the schools history. Prior
to that year, Glendale had never won a Western States Football League
title. The Gauchos had never beaten conference foes Phoenix, Ricks,
Dixie or Snow. In fact, their record for the three previous seasons
was 2-7, 1-8 and 3-6.
Entering the 1988 campaign, Glendale was unranked
and not expected to contend for a title. However, 1988 proved to
be the turning point in the Gauchos program. The team went
undefeated, coming from behind to defeat Snow in the final regular
season game and claim the WSFL title. Glendale went on to win the
Valley of the Sun Bowl and was named the NJCAA National Champion.
Since that pivotal year, Glendale has become the dominant force
in Arizona football. The Gauchos have won or shared the conference
title in Arizona nine times and made 11 post-season bowl appearances.