The Dick Glover Lifetime Achievement Award commemorates the legacy of Dick Glover who set a standard of integrity, competitive excellence and tireless promotion of scholastic wrestling in the state of Virginia over the course of his outstanding career as a teacher, coach, and mentor at the Woodberry Forest School and the Blue Ridge School. The recipient will be selected each year and, like its namesake, will embody the highest ideals of sportsmanship, character and servant leadership. The following quote was a staple of Coach Glover’s team speeches and accurately portrays his teaching and coaching philosophy:
“You are not ennobled by victory in an athletic contest, nor are you denigrated by defeat. Rather, it is how you prepare, how you compete, and perhaps most importantly, how you react to victory or defeat, which is the true indication of your character.”
Click below to see Woodberry's coverage of the announcement during the 2015 Virginia Prep League Tournament at Woodberry on February 7th.
After graduating from Wabash, Dick Glover served in the U.S. Marine Corps for six years reaching the rank of Captain. He earned a master’s degree in education from the University of Virginia and taught history and coached wrestling and football at Blue Ridge School and Woodberry Forest School until he retired in 2003. His wrestling teams won 535 dual matches, 25 league championships, 13 state championships and Virginia’s lone National Prep Championship. His football teams were undefeated 11 out of the 35 years he coached. Woodberry Forest School awarded Glover the E. Craig Wall Jr. Family Mastership in 1996, George O’Connor Prize for Excellence in Teaching in 2003, the Distinguished Service Award in 2005, and named the new fitness center after him in 2002. He founded the Virginia Independent School Wrestling Association, which held the state’s first private school state tournament in 1971 with 11 teams (the 2015 VISWA tournament will feature athletes from 38 independent schools). Coach Glover was elected to the Wabash College Athletics Hall of Fame in 1992, received a commendation from the Virginia House of Delegates in 1999 for his years of coaching excellence, was awarded the Wabash Alumni Award of Merit in 2002, then a year later he was elected to the National Wrestling Hall of Fame (Virginia Chapter) in 2003.
When we finalized the Dick Glover Lifetime Achievement Award and began to contact his former wrestlers, their passion for Coach Glover and what he taught them was overwhelming. Immediately, quite a few of his former athletes offered a personal story about how Coach Glover continues to impact their lives and then asked how they could help. After consulting with various schools and non-profit organizations in Virginia, we decided to begin fundraising to establish a college scholarship fund for Virginia high school wrestlers that are a part of Virginia USA Wrestling before they move on to college.
These funds and the scholarship application process will be managed by The Community Foundation Serving Richmond & Central Virginia http://www.tcfrichmond.org/.