Wiley Glynn Stowe was born in 1942 in Randolph County, Alabama. He played football and was a member of the wrestling and track teams at Central High School of Phoenix City, Alabama, where he graduated in 1960. After a year at the University of Georgia, Stowe transferred to Tennessee-Chattanooga, where he played football and starred on the wrestling team. He was an assistant football coach and wrestling coach at Fort Payne High School in 1965-66 and then joined the staff of renowned head football coach John Meadows at Butler High of Huntsville in 1966. Stowe stayed at Butler as an assistant football coach and wrestling coach until 1977. His Rebel wrestling teams won four 6A state championships (1970, 1973, 1975 and 1977). Stowe moved across town to Grissom High School in 1978 and eventually went into administration at the southeast Huntsville school. He was an assistant wrestling coach at Athens High School from 1991-94 and helped instruct three 5A state championship teams (1991, 1993 and 1994) and one state runner-up (1992). Stowe has a Masters degree from Alabama A&M University.