Laurie Glass 2020 Hall of Fame Inductee

Laurie Glass 2020 Hall of Fame Inductee
Posted on 09/30/2020
Coach Laurie GlassLaurie Glass has accrued thirty-one years of coaching experience to date. She began her career coaching JV and varsity volleyball years at Kalamazoo Central High School. After two years she was hired as the middle school basketball and volleyball coach, at her alma mater, Leland Public Schools. It seems especially fitting that she should return, because as a student Laurie started the girls’ sports programs in Leland in 1976 by getting seven girls to sign up and finding a coach. From 1989-1990 she coached the girls varsity volleyball team at Leland with a 41-18-13 record and two conference championships. She then moved on to Traverse City Central coaching varsity volleyball for the next for years with a 125-49-23 record. From 1995 to 2007 she was back at Leland coaching varsity volleyball with a 551-157-48 record. Included in these wins were thirteen conference championships, ten district championships, eight regional titles, three trips to the final four, one runner-up finish and two state championships. In 2010 Laurie returned to Leland once again and continues there as varsity volleyball coach. To date her record is 415-122-33 including four conference championships, nine district championships, eight regional titles, two final four trips, two runner-up finishes, and one state championship. In addition her teams have earned Academic All-State Honors every year. 

Laurie has received many honors throughout her coaching career. She was named NFHS-National Coach of the Year in 2014, NHSACA-National Coach of the Year Finalist in 2014, MHSCA Coach of the Year in 2014, MIVCA Coach of the Year in 2002, 2006 and 2015, MIVCA Regional Coach of the Year several different years, and Record-Eagle Coach of the Year in 2002 and 2006. She has also achieved the AVCA Milestone Awards for 500 and 1000 wins. In 2006 Laurie was inducted into the MIVCA Hall of Fame.
Laurie Glass has been a presenter multiple times at the Women in Sport Leadership Conference, at the Michigan Interscholastic Volleyball Coaches Association and was the “Featured Speaker” at the Nebraska Athletic Association Coaches Clinic and at the Coaches Clinic in the Upper Peninsula. She is also a mentor coach for coaches in Michigan and across the United States. She is highly regarded by her peers and student athletes. She is known for her work ethic, always going above and beyond in her responsibilities as coach and fostering positive relationships. 
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