Tim Glyshaw was born in Evansville, Indiana, on November 3rd 1968, which is just across the Ohio River from Henderson, Kentucky, home of Ellis Park. He graduated from Harrison High School in 1987 and in 1992, he graduated from Indiana University, after which he taught school in Illinois for 2 years. Unhappy with his career, he decided to make a change.
After graduating from Taylor Made Farm's internship program, Tim started as a hot walker for trainer Robert Holthus at Churchill Downs. He was a quick study and found himself grooming horses that very first winter. The next summer at Ellis Park, Mr. Holthus asked Tim to take his assistant trainer's test and sent him to Hoosier Park with 12 horses in his care.
In 2002, Tim accepted the assistant trainer position with Cole Norman, who is stabled in the Southwest circuit. Tim wanted to gain more exposure to the claiming part of racing. After two years with Norman, Tim returned to Kentucky to start his own training career.