2 Dover High hoops coaches suspended amid allegations, 3rd says

Liz Evans Scolforo
York Dispatch

Two coaches with Dover Area High School's girls' basketball program have been suspended, according to an assistant coach who said he resigned in response.

That includes head coach Kevin Glover, said Dennis Kloster, who until recently was a volunteer assistant coach for the team. Glover did not return a phone message seeking comment.

Dover vs York Catholic during girls' basketball action at York Catholic High School in York City, Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017. Dover would win the game 48-41.Dawn J. Sagert photo

According to Kloster, an assistant coach also was suspended after being accused of having inappropriate contact with a player.

"Rumors get out, and somebody's reputation is going to be ruined by this," Kloster told The York Dispatch.

He said school officials directed the team coaches not to speak publicly about what was going on, or they would lose their jobs.

Northern York County Regional Police are involved, Lt. David Lash confirmed.

"We are aware of the allegations and we are currently investigating, but it is too premature in our investigation to make further comment," Lash said.

Defends coach: Kloster, a volunteer, said he decided to quit his volunteer coaching position so he could speak out on Glover's behalf.

"He's done absolutely nothing wrong," Kloster said of the suspended head coach. "Kevin and I have coached together for years. He's a good friend of mine."

Dover Area Athletic Director Rich Leathery declined comment Thursday, Jan. 4.

Dover Area School District Superintendent Tracy Krum did not return repeated messages seeking comment.

Kevin Glover

School board member Charles Rauhauser told The York Dispatch he's aware something is going on in the district but said he has no details about what it is.

"All I know is, a problem arose," he said. "I have no details, so I can't answer any questions."

Other board members did not immediately return messages seeking comment.

Suspensions: The assistant coach was suspended Dec. 20, and Glover was suspended Dec. 21, according to Kloster.

At that point, people assumed Glover's suspension would be brief, he said.

But then school officials started reaching out to people outside the program to take over the team, he said, which caused him to suspect the suspensions could be lengthy.

"Literally three hours after Kevin found out he got suspended, I started getting texts from other coaches, asking what was going on," Kloster said. "By Friday (Dec. 22), I had probably gotten 10 or 15. So people immediately start thinking (Glover) did something wrong."

Kloster said it was on Dec. 23 that he contacted Leathery, the district's athletic director, and resigned his volunteer coaching duties.

Kloster also said he has no idea what, if anything, the assistant coach did to get suspended and said Glover also didn't know.

"We don't know because she's not allowed to talk to anybody," Kloster said.

He said the players' parents aren't happy about Glover's suspension and that at least one parent has met with the superintendent.

Glover becomes Dover's new girls' basketball coach

Quit to speak out: Kloster said if he stayed on as an assistant coach, it would be like he was saying it's OK that Glover was suspended. And Kloster said he's not OK with it.

"(It) bothers me tremendously that with no proof or anything like that you can just suspend somebody," he said.

Kloster said he believes Glover was suspended because the alleged inappropriate contact happened on his watch.

"I felt if I quit, nobody could tell me I can't talk," he said. "I'm doing this to make sure that it's very clear that Kevin did nothing wrong."

Kloster said some players' parents took him to task for resigning his position and told him that he quit on the kids.

"I get that," he said. "I really do. But I think they still think Kevin's going to be back (to coaching duties) tomorrow."

Kloster said he doesn't think that will be happening.

"The team, the parents, all fully support Kevin," he said.

About Glover: Glover became head coach of the Dover varsity girls' basketball team in spring of 2016, the fourth head coach in as many seasons.

At the time, Leathery said the top quality they were looking for in a head coach was stability.

Glover, a 2001 York High graduate, brought about a dozen years of coaching experience to the job, having worked for New Hope Academy, William Penn Senior High School and Northeastern High School.

— Reach Liz Evans Scolforo at levans@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @LizScolforoYD. York Dispatch correspondent Ryan Vandersloot contributed to this report.