Aidt, Glenn


Glenn Aidt wasn’t even considering going to college until Hall of Fame coach Mo Agler recommended he give it a try, so the Bucyrus native enrolled at Otterbein in the fall of 1958 to begin (what would become) a decorated career.


The two-way player (offensive guard/linebacker) was part of a nucleus that eventually lofted the football program to new heights. Otterbein finished with a disappointing 3-4-2 record during his freshman season, with three of those losses coming by one possession.


Aidt and the Cardinals soon turned the corner during his sophomore year in 1959, when he earned All-Ohio Athletic Conference honors while the team went 7-1. The heart of the “Glory Days” era picked up as the 1960’s began, with Aidt blocking for All-American quarterback Larry Cline and standout running back Jack Spicer.


That 1960 team, in the Hall of Fame as a group, scored 39.1 points per game and beat opponents by an average of 27. All in all, the Cards went a combined 23-4 over Aidt’s final three years in a key uptick for Otterbein history.


Glenn also became part of the first wrestling team in school history (for head coach Nick Vigilante) after Otterbein added the sport in 1959. He competed anywhere from 177 pounds to heavyweight and, despite having no prior experience on the mat, would achieve an overall winning record.


Aidt graduated with a bachelor’s degree in education and accepted a teaching/coaching position at West Carrollton High School. There, he started the sport of wrestling while also serving as freshman football coach.


The natural educator and businessman would enjoy a great career (with multiple stops) from that point forward, including more than 40 years in full-time banking while also spending roughly 55 years as a part-time professor. He took a big leap to become President/CEO of Milton Federal Savings Bank in 1989, and ultimately founded Emerald Bank in the summer of 2003.


Aidt discovered that he missed teaching greatly after retiring from the business world, and taught for multiple places beginning once again in 2011. He most notably taught entrepreneurship in three prisons across the Cincinnati area for Sinclair Community College, showing inmates how to start a business.


Glenn and his wife, Brenda, have been married over 55 years! They have three children and six grandchildren.