The Dover varsity girls' basketball team will have its fourth different head coach in four years next season.
If Eagles athletic director Rich Leathery has his way, he won't be hiring a new head coach again anytime soon.
Leathery announced on Wednesday that Kevin Glover will take over the program.
Bill Garrison was the Eagles' head coach last season. The longtime assistant took over just weeks before the season started when Marley Klunk unexpectedly resigned because night classes interfered with her ability to coach the team.
"(Garrison) took over in a pickle last year," Leathery said. "When he took over we told him it was on an interim-type deal and then we would look at it at the end of the year. We spoke at length at the end of the year and we decided we should open up the position and he was in total agreement with that."
Garrison did re-apply for the job, but the hiring committee ultimately decided to recommend Glover.
"Stability is the biggest thing we were looking for," Leathery said. "Our seniors will be on their fourth different head coach in four years and that's not good for a program. ... (Glover) is young, energetic and has the time to put into the program. As a committee, we thought he was the right fit for our program."
The last couple years have been rough ones for the Eagles.
In his only year, Garrison's team was 6-16 overall, including a 5-9 mark in York-Adams Division II. Klunk, in her only season, was 5-17 overall and 3-11 in the division.
Before that, however, Troy Lokhaiser had an extremely successful three-year run, going 26-4 in 2013-2014, 27-4 in 2012-2013 and 18-7 in 2011-2012. Dover won the D-II title in each of Lokhaiser's last two years and took the York-Adams League Tournament crown in 2014. In that same year, the Eagles reached the District 3-AAAA title game and advanced to the PIAA state quarterfinals for a second straight season.
The 32-year-old Glover bring about a dozen years of coaching experience to the job at the youth, junior high and junior varsity levels, including stops at New Hope Academy, York High and Northeastern. He's also in his his fourth year as the program director and head coach of the York Lady Raiders club team. In that role, he's coached three of the girls expected to be on next year's Dover varsity team.
"I like to set high expectations," the 2001 York High graduate said. "(Dover has) dealt with some injuries the past two years. We want to build the fundamentals up because that's lost in some of the high school game right now. We have some good pieces coming back. We're going to have a defense-first philosophy and we're going to play up-tempo."
One of the injuries that Glover alluded to was to Rayah Fink, who will be a senior next season. She missed nearly all of last season with a knee injury, but is now healthy and back playing. Her sister, Rajah Fink, was Dover's leading scorer this past season at 10.4 points per game and will be a junior next season. Rayah Fink averaged 7.4 ppg last season before her injury. Two other players expected to return are Alaina Reaver (7.5 ppg) and Julie Fox (7.3 ppg).
Glover, who is an assembly technician at RG Group, is hoping to be at Dover for the long haul.
"I'm willing and committed to spending a lot of time with the program and building the program back up, starting at the youth level," he said.
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