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Wando’s Glover notches 1,000th career win against West Ashley

By David Shelton
Senior Writer

Mt. Pleasant – It is hard to imagine any high school coach staying in the business long enough to amass 1,000 career victories but Wando High volleyball coach Alexis Glover did just that when her team knocked off West Ashley earlier in September.
Glover became only the fifth coach in the country to eclipse the 1,000-win milestone. She also became the first coach in state history to reach 1,000 victories in one sport. Former Terrell’s Bay basketball coach Taft Watson won 1,481 games when combining his records in boys and girls basketball.
The national career wins record in high school volleyball is 1,832, held by Jeff Magelssen of Michigan.
A 1977 Bishop England graduate, Glover  says she never thought she would stay in the coaching business long enough to achieve such lofty heights in the profession.
“I played for Kathy Blackmon at Bishop England and I thought it was so cool when she won her 500th match,” Glover said. “I thought that would be a good goal for me, to get to 500. Once I got to 500, I was still having fun and I just kept going. I’m having fun to this day.”
Glover came to Wando in 1986 after starting her coaching career at Spartanburg High in 1981, fresh out of the University of South Carolina. At Wando, Glover replaced coaching legend Linda White, who won three state titles before moving on as Clemson’s head coach. 
“My main goal coming to Wando was not to mess up what coach White had built, to continue the winning tradition,” Glover says. “The program already was one of the best in the state and I just wanted to keep it going.”
Wando’s program certainly has continued to build. Glover has won three state titles (1993, 2014, 2015) and has had eight state runner-up finishes. Her teams have played in five consecutive state championship matches.
Despite the success of her program, Glover takes very little credit.
“I’ve been standing on the sidelines for all 1,000 wins,” she said. “We’ve had some great players come through here. I have had great support and great coaches to help me. I don’t play. The girls play and the girls win. I just try to prepare them for success and we’ve been very fortunate.”
Glover and her husband of 29 years, Cregg, have raised three children. Two are in coaching now and all three have left home. Glover says raising three children and coaching was difficult. Now, with an empty nest, the coach sees no reason to stop coaching.
“I still love the game and I still love the girls,” she said. “The day I wake up and I’m not excited about volleyball, I will hang it up. But I honestly still have a lot of passion for coaching. I still go to coaching clinics and I am still learning. 
“It doesn’t seem like it’s been 37 years. Time really does fly when you’re having fun and I still have fun doing this. Besides, I don’t know what I would do without coaching.”
Dorman coach Paula Kirkland, who also began coaching in 1981, also has more than 900 career wins. Ashley Hall coach Franny Slay has amassed 760 career coaching victories. Both are close friends with Glover, on and off the court, and the competition fuels all three coaches to keep going.
“We have some really great coaches and teachers of the game in our state, we are so blessed,” Glover said. “The sport is getting more and more competitive every year. Players are playing a lot of year-round volleyball and getting stronger and better. 
“Our coaches in the state do a great job. People like Franny and Paula and so many others are so dedicated to the sport. I enjoy competing with everyone but I also am very blessed to have them as good friends.”

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