First published in the Feb. 11 print issue of the Glendale News-Press.
By Alex Leon
Special to the News-Press
After three years as the Interim adjunct head football coach at Glendale Community College, Tanner Farwell has been hired to assume the role officially as full-time tenured track kinesiology instructor and head football coach.
Farwell, 32, is a graduate of Crescenta Valley High and a GCC alum. Upon graduating from GCC, he transferred and competed at Southern Oregon University. After one year of coaching as a graduate assistant and earning his bachelor’s degree, Tanner returned to coach football at GCC in the 2013 and 2014 seasons. Farwell also coached at L.A. Valley College and Citrus College prior to returning back to GCC for the interim head coaching position. In his seven years as an assistant coach in the SCFA, his teams tallied records of 52-26.
Initially hired as interim head coach in January 2020, Farwell endured the pandemic where he dedicated himself and his coaching staff to recruiting and online football instruction. Upon returning to competition on the gridiron, Farwell led the Vaqueros to records of 6-4 in 2021 and 5-5 in 2022.
Farwell’s hiring makes him only the fourth GCC head football coach since 1972 and the 19th in GCC football history dating back to 1928, the first year that football was played at the school.
“It is an honor to continue the tradition that has been built for decades of developing our student-athletes, socially and athletically,” Farwell said. “Our goal is to continue recruiting local student-athletes and getting them to develop and transfer to the four-year level using our guided pathways we offer here at GCC.”