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Glasgow hired as associate AD at St. Michael

Bill Althaus
Bob Glasgow, a former wrestling coach at Oak Grove, will be the new associate activities director for St. Michael the Archangel Catholic.

Editor’s note: This is a corrected version of the story.

Bob Glasgow, the first high school wrestling coach to be inducted into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame, is the new associate activities director at St. Michael the Archangel Catholic.

Glasgow, who won 12 state wrestling titles in 25 seasons at Oak Grove, will work with first-year activities director Mary Kroening, who has replaced Rich Weitz and will remain as the girls basketball head coach.

Glasgow said he originally applied for the activities director post but learned he could not be considered for a senior administration position because he is not Catholic. He was then asked to be part of the search committee which conducted the interviews, and the committee’s first choice was Kroening.

“I'm so excited about working with Mary," Glasgow said. "I think she and I will really work well together and we can't wait to get going."

Glasgow will also be the boys and girls assistant golf coach, and will remain as the Greater Kansas City Suburban Conference executive director.

“St. Michael had no problem with me remaining as the executive director of the Greater Kansas City Suburban Conference because we want to get into a conference and I know everyone in the conferences and we’re going to try and make that happen,” Glasgow said.

“This is just a great opportunity for me. I have so much respect for Mary and everyone at this school. It’s just three years old and has already done some great things in regards to athletics and activities, and I think as we grow, the sky’s the limit.”

Glasgow, fresh off the campus of Northwest Missouri State University after graduating from Blue Springs High School, took over an Oak Grove wrestling program that had five coaches in the previous 10 years and led the Panthers to the first state championship in school history.

He didn’t just win one state title 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 Missouri Chapter of 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 Kansas Community College.

He also was a six-time National Wrestling Coaches State Coach of the Year.