Glover fired, then rehired after protest

Sports top ten story No. 03

The students spoke. The administration listened.

Longtime Grand Junction High School assistant wrestling coach Bud Glover’s reign as head coach nearly lasted only one year.

After his first season as head coach, during which the wrestling team couldn’t practice in its own gym for three weeks because of a flood at the school, Glover was asked to resign by first-year Grand Junction Principal Jon Bilbo.

The request drew protests from not only his team but from former Tiger wrestlers, the community and from other Grand Junction High School students.

On April 9, approximately 60 students staged a walk-out at the school in support of Glover. Some students began circulating a petition, others mounted a T-shirt campaign to show their
support.

Two-time Class 5A 215-pound state champion Robert Tucker, a senior at the time, was one of the wrestlers strongly supporting Glover.

“(It’s) mainly because of his ethics,” Tucker said of the reason he backed Glover. “Everything he does is honorable. Plus, he instilled the hard-work ethic, doing it the right way.”

After the walk-out, Bilbo agreed to meet with some of the protesting students. On April 14 he met with Glover and the two agreed to a compromise that allowed Glover to continue this season as head coach.

The topper came when, during the week of protests, it was announced that Glover had been selected to coach in last summer’s Colorado High School Coaches Association All-State Games.

“I’m very awed by the support of the community and the past players,” Glover told The Daily Sentinel after his reinstatement.


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