Suspended Dover HS basketball coach reinstated at 2 jobs

Liz Evans Scolforo
York Dispatch

The suspended head coach of Dover Area High School's girls' basketball program has been reinstated to his positions with a York City alternative school and with a Lancaster County indoor sports complex.

Kevin Glover returned to his job as a behavioral specialist Thursday, Feb. 15, at York City School District's Goodridge Academy, according to Jennifer Leckstrom, a spokeswoman for Catapult Learning.

"The allegations against Kevin Glover were unfounded," she wrote in an email.

Kevin Glover

Catapult Learning is a New Jersey-based company contracted by the York City School District to provide services at Goodridge Academy, which serves city students in grades 8 through 12 who have behavioral issues.

On Wednesday, Feb. 14, Glover was reinstated at the Spooky Nook Sports Complex. He was placed on voluntary suspension from Spooky Nook in January. At that time, Spooky Nook said the safety of their athletes was their No. 1 priority.

Glover's LinkedIn account states that he has been the Girls Amateur Athletic Union Basketball Academy director at Spooky Nook Sports since October 2016.

'Unfounded': On Wednesday, Spooky Nook's communication manager, Mackenzie Bender, sent an email to The York Dispatch saying Glover had been reinstated.

"Today, Spooky Nook Sports was contacted by (the) York County Office of Children, Youth and Families stating 'all cases regarding Kevin Glover have been unfounded,'" Bender wrote. "The investigations into accusations against Kevin are closed, and Kevin is able to return to work."

Bender included a link to a full statement on Spooky Nook's website, which reads in part: "We enthusiastically, and without hesitation, welcome Kevin back to his leadership role at the Nook. We are sorry for the pain that this process has caused Kevin and his family."

The Northern York County Regional Police Department has not yet closed its investigation into Glover, Lt. David Lash said Thursday, Feb. 15.

"As of right now, it is an active investigation," he told The York Dispatch. "We are attempting to interview additional witnesses."

The background: The Dover Area School District suspended Glover on Dec. 21, a day after suspending assistant girls' basketball coach Aignee Nicole Freeland.

Freeland is criminally charged for allegedly having a sexual relationship with a teenage player. She's charged with the felonies of institutional sexual assault, unlawful contact with a minor and corruption of a minor and is scheduled for formal arraignment in York County Court on March 2, according to court records.

Glover has not been charged with a crime. He did not return a phone message seeking comment Thursday.

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Dover Area School District also did not return a message seeking comment about whether Glover's status has changed.

Dennis Kloster resigned as a volunteer girls' basketball coach for Dover Area High School so he could speak out publicly in Glover's defense.

Kloster said he believes Glover was suspended because the alleged sexual contact between Freeland and a player happened on Glover's watch.

"(It) bothers me tremendously that with no proof or anything like that you can just suspend somebody," Kloster told The York Dispatch.

How to rebuild? Spooky Nook's statement notes that Glover was suspended without pay, that he was written about in the media and that he was unable to attend his son's basketball games and parent-teacher conferences while he was under investigation.

"There is no answer for how to rebuild one's reputation after going through this process," the statement reads.

Every Spooky Nook employee who interacts with minors is required to complete a state-police background check, a state Department of Human Services child-abuse history clearance and an FBI fingerprint records check, according to the statement.

Those employees also must complete Spooky Nook's child-abuse recognition and reporting training program, the statement reads.

It was York County CYF that directed Spooky Nook to suspend Glover, according to the statement. Read the entire statement here: 

Spooky Nook Sports

Freeland's case: Freeland, 23, of West Maple Street in York City, 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 free on $100,000 bail.

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 said. "We'll be reviewing the charges more closely, and we look forward to addressing them in the near future."

Aignee Freeland

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 the school was 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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