York City academy, Spooky Nook Sports suspend Dover HS coach
The head coach of Dover Area High School's girls' basketball program, suspended by that district last month, also is suspended from York City's alternative school and is under a voluntary suspension from the Lancaster County indoor sports complex where he worked.
Kevin Glover's LinkedIn profile states he is a behavioral specialist for Catapult Learning, a New Jersey-based company contracted by the York City School District to provide services at Goodridge Academy, 329 Lindberg Ave. in York City. The academy serves city students in grades 8 through 12 who have behavioral issues.
"Catapult Learning takes these allegations very seriously, and we've suspended our employee pending investigation," Tim Hickey, Catapult Learning's senior vice-president of marketing, wrote in an email. "Catapult Learning will work with local authorities if needed and will provide any information that is helpful to the investigation."
Glover has not been charged with any crime.
Dover Area High School's assistant girls' basketball coach, Aignee Nicole Freeland, also is suspended. She is criminally charged for allegedly having a sexual relationship with a teenage player, and police said the investigation is ongoing.
"We are attempting to determine if additional victims exist," Northern York County Regional Police Lt. David Lash told The York Dispatch.
Freeland is an employee of the York City School District but is currently on leave, according to district spokeswoman Kate Harmon.
Sports complex: Glover "voluntarily stepped back" and is suspended from his duties at Spooky Nook Sports, according Mike Messina, the facility's chief business development officer.
Spooky Nook Sports, located in Lancaster County, is the largest indoor sports complex in the country, according to its website.
"We'll re-evaluate once the legal process (is concluded)," Messina said. "The safety of our athletes is the No. 1 priority for us. We don't take that lightly."
Glover's LinkedIn account states he has been the Girls Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) Basketball Academy director at Spooky Nook Sports since October 2016.
Freeland's charges: Freeland, 23, of West Maple Street, is accused of having a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old, according to charging documents filed by Northern York County Regional Police.
She was arrested Jan. 10 and remains in York County Prison on $100,000 bail, charged with the third-degree felonies of institutional sexual assault and unlawful contact with a minor.
Northern Regional Police said they were alerted to the allegations Dec. 20.
Freeland was suspended by Dover Area School District on Dec. 20, and Glover was suspended the next day, according to Dennis Kloster, who resigned his position as volunteer assistant girls' basketball coach on Dec. 23.
Quit to speak out: Kloster told The York Dispatch that 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.
Glover has not returned phone messages seeking comment.
Freeland is being represented by RJ Fisher, a former York County prosecutor who's now an attorney with Chris Ferro's law firm.
"It's obviously a complicated situation," Fisher has told The York Dispatch. "We'll be reviewing the charges more closely, and we look forward to addressing them in the near future."
Dover Area School District Superintendent Tracy Krum has not returned messages seeking comment, and Dover Area Athletic Director Rich Leathery has declined comment.
District's statement: The school district released a written statement Wednesday, Jan. 10, addressing Freeland's arrest.
In part, it states that once the allegations became known to district administration, Freeland was "removed from her assignment and suspended from participating in school activities."
Counseling has been arranged for affected students, the release states, and it adds that no more information will be released.
"The Board of Directors want to be very clear, the protection of students is paramount, and they will take all appropriate actions to accomplish this objective," the release states.
About Glover: Glover became head coach of the Dover varsity girls' basketball team in spring 2016, the fourth head coach in as many seasons.
At the time, Dover Area Athletic Director Rich Leathery said that stability was the top quality they were looking for in a head coach.
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.
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