By Ronn Rowland
Phoenix Sports Writer
When Fort Gibson Schools superintendent Derald Glover looks back on his coaching career at Bristow High School, it was the people whom he worked with that he fondly remembers.
As of Saturday, those people could say they coached with and were coached by a Hall of Famer as Glover was inducted into the Oklahoma Girls Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame.
“I am very humbled by this,” Glover said. “I coached a lot of great kids and had a lot of help. I think its more about the kids that make you successful. That’s what allows coaches to get awards like this.”
Glover coached 13 seasons at Bristow and compiled a 261-83 (.759) record, leading the Lady Pirates to two Class 4A championships (1997, ‘99), two runner-up finishes and seven state tournament appearances.
Also honored by the OGBCA was Fort Gibson’s Denise Gray. An assistant coach for the Lady Tigers basketball team and a science teacher at Fort Gibson Middle School, Gray was named as the East’s Junior High Coach of the Year.
“She’s very deserving,” Glover said. “She’s a great addition to our school. Not only is she a great coach but she’s a great classroom teacher.”
When reminiscing about his time at Bristow, one person came immediately to Glover’s mind – one he’s still associated with.
“Working with people like (FGHS girls’ assistant coach) Chuck London who was one of my assistants there,” he said. “The relationships you build with coaches you work with and the kids that I had. That’s what’s most memorable.”
Now that he’s no longer on the bench, he gets to watch his daughters play as a parent and not stress out about the wins and losses. However, it’s the thrill of victory that he does miss.
“I do miss winning,” Glover said. “When you’re coaching, you get to have some wins every now and then. In administration, you don’t get to have those big wins. Your successes come as a different type.
“Now I get to sit back and watch my own kids. That’s a lot more fun for me.”
His two oldest daughters, Jodi and Allie, have been part of state championship teams at Fort Gibson, Jodi in 2011 and Allie in March.
Glover has gone from guiding a group of 18-20 girls to advising a staff of 150 teachers, 100 support staff and 1,900 kids. He says his coaching techniques still come into play.
“Your scope increases a lot and the input you have is with a lot more people,” he said. “Things just move a little slower with that big group than with the small one. But you still have to learn how to manage people, communicate, treat people right and motivate.
“A lot of the same principles are in coaching and I think that’s why a lot of coaches become administrators. They’re used to those leadership skills.”