Andy Glover was at the National Soccer Coaches Association of America convention in Philadelphia on Thursday afternoon when he ran into Avon coach Phil Schmidt.
Schmidt, whose team edged Glover’s Columbus North squad 3-2 in the semifinals of the Evansville Harrison Semistate in a battle of the state’s top two ranked teams, told his counterpart that the game could have gone either way and if the Orioles and Bull Dogs played 10 times, each would probably win five.
That may have been little consolation to Glover, but a few minutes later, he received a big surprise when he learned he had been named the 2013 Coach of the Year for Indiana by the National Federation of High School Coaches Association.
“It’s very kind of the coaches there to recognize the good things that are happening with Columbus North soccer,” Glover said. “I’m quite pleased to receive such a recognition. It is a reflection of the coaching staff and the team as a whole.”
Glover led the Bull Dogs to the Class 2A state championship in 2012 and a state runner-up finish the previous year.
“I’m just surprised and delighted to have gotten such a recognition,” Glover said. “The timing of it is not that surprising at all. I’m just glad they recognized the hard work that goes into constructing a team.”
“I’m happy for Andy,” North athletics director Jeff Hester said. “Those type of rewards are a nice way to recognize the hard work that they put in and validates that he’s doing things the right way.”
North went 19-1-1 this season and won Conference Indiana,
sectional and regional championships. The Bull Dogs were ranked No. 1 in the state the entire season and were ranked as high as No. 4 in the country by the NSCAA.
“I think the season was fantastic,” Glover said. “We were pleased with the course of the regular season and the direction it took into the postseason. It’s always bittersweet when the season ends, but we lost to a very good Avon team. There’s mutual respect between the two programs.
“The season was a good experience for the kids, and they represented our community and our school with a real mature performance that just didn’t go our way,” he said.
Glover, who played at Franklin College and holds an NSCAA Advanced National Diploma and USSF D license, was the chosen Indiana Soccer Coaches Association Coach of the Year in 2012. This year’s NFHS honor makes him eligible for consideration for sectional and national awards from the organization.
“It’s a real nice piece that’s reflective of all the coaching staff’s hard work, dedication and continues to be a work in progress to see what we can achieve in Columbus with our players,” Glover said. “It’s a special thing for the team and the school and I think our soccer community.”