Glover steps down as Wildcats basketball coach
Bobby "Butch" Burney | News-Telegram Sports Editor

March 22, 2005 - Steve Glover, SSHS head boys basketball coach for the last five years, has stepped into a teaching-only position at the high school, saying it's a good time for a change for him and his family.

Glover asked to be re-assigned as a teacher only, and his request was approved by the SSISD Board of Trustees earlier this month. He told the returning basketball players before spring break.

"It's time for a change, and I think it's a good change for my family and myself. It's time to get kind of rejuvenated in some areas," Glover said. "We're going to still be here, supporting the guys and supporting the school."

The move will allow him more flexibility in his schedule as he and his wife, who is an elementary teacher, raise two boys, a 16-year-old and a 6-year-old.

"After basketball season, I talked with my family quite a bit, talked with Coach (Dewayne) McMeans and principal Joe Oliver, and just decided it was time for change," Glover said. "I requested to step down as head coach. I just think it's good for my family for a change, and it will allow me some extra time to pursue some things I needed to do for several years.

"It's hard to make a change sometimes because I've coached for 19 years. I like the community, and I appreciate all the support that I was given the whole time I was coaching from the school board and the administration."

He will take over the position currently held by business teacher Debbie Young, who is retiring. Glover has taught business and history classes.

Before taking over the reins of the boys program, Glover came to SSHS as head girls basketball coach from South Garland.

"I've been in three schools in 19 years. I'm the type of coach that likes to stay in one place and build what I can," he explained. "I've been in the playoffs 12 or 13 of my 19 years as either a head coach or an assistant. In the next couple of years, I may want to get back into coaching. I don't know, but I know at this time it was good to make a change."

In other changes, SSMS football coach and health teacher Dennis Tomlin submitted his retirement papers to the school board. Tomlin has been in coaching for 28 years.

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