The morning finally arrived for the newest members of the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2017 when legendary former Oak Grove High School wrestling coach Bob Glasgow enjoyed a personal revelation.
“It’s Sunday morning, I’m going to be inducted into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame and I’m home folding laundry,” Glasgow said with a laugh. “Is this what a hall of famer should be doing on the day he’s inducted into the hall of fame? I guess it is, because I’ve been folding laundry for a long time. I vacuum too.”
Joining Glasgow and the Oak Grove wrestling program in the Sunday induction ceremony at Stoney Creek Conference Center in Independence, were local prep coaches Jim Aziere, the longtime swimming coach at Raytown, and Lee’s Summit volleyball coach Lori Hanaway.
As a 22-year-old graduate of Northwest Missouri State University, Glasgow took over an Oak Grove wrestling program that had had five coaches in the previous 10 years and led the Panthers to the first state championship in school history.
Over the next 25 years the Panthers won 12 of their overall best-in-state 17 titles under Glasgow’s leadership.
Before retiring in 2009, Glasgow oversaw 68 of the program’s 86 individual state championships, including three of its four four-time state champs. Along the way, his teams were 245-39-2 in duals.
That type of success earned him a berth in the National Wrestling Hall of Fame.
Glasgow went on to become the head coach of USA Wrestling in 1997 (Tour De Monde in Great Britain), the 1991 USA National Freestyle team, the 1984-2004 Missouri national teams and a stint with Kansas City (Kan.) Community College.
He also was a six-time National Wrestling Coaches State Coach of the Year.
“It all seems real today,” Glasgow said, as he looked around the conference room and saw fellow inductees like former Chiefs Pro Bowl nose tackle Bill Maas and Kansas City Royals all-star Kevin Seitzer. “I’m in some pretty good company – yeah, this is going to be special.”
Hanaway owns 749 victories in 27 seasons. She claimed seven state championships at O’Hara (2002, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010) and also guided St. Teresa's Academy to a 2006 state title.
Hanaway also took Lee’s Summit West to two state runner-up finishes in her five seasons there and, after briefly stepping away from the sport in 2016, the Chrisman grad returned to coaching this season at Lee’s Summit High School.
“I was talking to my husband this morning,” Hanaway said, “and I told him that today it all seems real to me. Members of our family are coming into town and I am going to have the opportunity to thank them and a lot of people who made this possible.”
Aziere began coaching at Raytown High School in1974 and his teams have reflected their coach in the way they have excelled in all phases of life.
Between 1974 and 2017, Aziere’s Raytown boys swim teams were 515-86-2 in duals, including 10 undefeated seasons. He had 13 individual state champions, two state record holders, three All-Americans and 57 All-State swimmers.
“I was reflecting back on my career and I thought to myself, ‘Wow! Where has all that time gone?’” Aziere said. “I just want to make sure I don’t get too carried away with my two-minute speech today, because I want to thank a lot of people.”