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Faith plays a big part in Kevin Glover's life.

The former Dover High School girls’ basketball coach has faith that God has a plan for him.

Even when the door closed to him coming back as the Dover head coach, Glover believed that another one would open up.

He had little idea, however, that it would open so quickly. He also didn’t know that he’d have a good friend to thank for it, either.

Because of a change in his work schedule, Larry Corbin could no longer fulfill his work obligations and his duties with the York High girls’ basketball program. So, after a five-year run as the program’s head coach, Corbin decided to step down in May.

“I got a new position at my job, which was going to require me to work more hours,” Corbin said. “And after looking at it all, there just wasn’t going to be enough time for me to do both.”

Enter Glover, who has been close friends with Corbin since their high school days, as well as Corbin’s freshman coach for his first two seasons at York High. Glover was one of the first people that Corbin reached out to after learning of his new situation.

After gauging Glover’s interest in taking over, Corbin didn’t have to think twice about putting his full support behind Glover as the next leader of the York High girls' program.

“Quite frankly, I told him that there's not another person that would be able to do the things that I believe that he can do to help turn this program around,” Corbin said. “He’s a city resident and he knows everyone and he’s a great dude both on and off the court.”

Returning to York High: Glover found the idea of him going back to his alma mater alluring. As a behavior support specialist with the school district already, Glover knew he would be well-positioned to try to lead the program back toward prominence.

All that was needed was for the decision makers in the York City School District to give the 2001 graduate a chance.

Fortunately for Glover, they did just that. Glover was notified last week that he was approved by the school board to replace Corbin. 

“I’m really excited to get the ball rolling,” Glover said. “I think that I can start getting the word out and doing my best to get the kids out.”

Numbers problems: Numbers have been a constant struggle for Corbin during his tenure. During his first three years, the program was growing, and a pinnacle was reached in 2015-2016 when the Bearcats finished 14-10 and made the York-Adams League and District 3 playoffs for the first time in more than a decade.

Corbin, however, struggled to keep up that momentum, and last year the York High girls finished 0-21. Corbin cited the lack of a true middle-school and youth-feeder program in the city as a major issue.

“I tried to get it so that the individual schools like Hannah Penn, Davis and the others, that they would have their own programs,” Corbin said. “I was hoping they would start at third, fourth, fifth and sixth (grades). But we just never had the turnout like we wanted to make it feasible.”

Glover, however, feels he can be successful in overcoming those pitfalls. Even after spending a majority of his time between his full-time position with the school district as well as the girls’ basketball director and AAU coach at the Spooky Nook Sports Complex in Lancaster, Glover still finds time to do everything he feels he needs to do in order to achieve success.

That’s why the 34-year-old coach was out at the Trey and Boo Classic basketball tournament at Penn Park this weekend. While he certainly has many friends and acquaintances that participated, Glover was hoping to help recruit young girls to find their way into the Bearcat girls’ program.

“They don’t have to be the fastest, the tallest or even the best shooters,” Glover said. “I don’t care if they never even played basketball before. I just know that we’ll be able to figure it out what they’re good at and help them bring it to the program.”

Tumultuous stint at Dover: Glover enjoyed success at Dover, leading the team to the PIAA Class 5-A playoffs in 2016-17 during his first season.

However, he was suspended last December after junior varsity girls' coach Aignee Freeland was charged with sexual assault. On Jan. 10, Freeland was charged with third-degree felonies of institutional sexual assault and unlawful contact with a minor after she allegedly had sex with a 16-year-old player on the team.

Glover also was suspended from his jobs with a York City alternative school and Spooky Nook. He was reinstated at Spooky Nook in February after he was cleared of all wrongdoing.

Glover also returned to his job at York City School District's Goodridge Academy on Feb. 15. He resigned from his position as Dover's coach in March.

Reach Ryan Vandersloot at sports@yorkdispatch.com.

 

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