Alex Glover takes over for Brittany Crane as varsity volleyball coach at Malden

Alex Glover (pictured) is the new varsity volleyball coach at Malden.

For the first time since 2015 the Malden Green Wave volleyball program will have a new leader at the helm.

The Malden Board of Education hired Alex Glover as its new varsity volleyball coach at its most recent meeting. Glover will also teach physical education and serve as the middle school volleyball coach at Malden.

I graduated college this spring and was looking for a full-time job, Glover said. I think Malden is a great school and the former coach has done a great job with their program. Taking over for Brittany Crane should be a great transition. Its great to know you are going into a good situation. Im really looking forward to working at Malden.

Glover takes over for Brittany Crane who has served as head coach for the last four seasons. Malden finished 74-37-6 at the varsity level, won the Bootheel Conference Tournament twice, and won the Class 2, District 1 title twice under Crane who was named Bootheel Conference Coach of the Year in 2016, 2017, and 2018.

Im beyond grateful for the opportunity to have coached at Malden, said Crane, who is stepping away from coaching to spend more time with her family. We made history, but more than that we made friendships. I know they are in good hands with Coach Glover. I am now their No. 1 fan. All my love.

Glover is no stranger to the region. Glover is a high school graduate of nearby Holcomb High School. She spent the last two years as the varsity girls basketball coach at Senath-Hornersville High School while she was completing her degree at Central Methodist University.

Senath-Hornersville upset three-time defending district champion Malden in a district semifinal on its way to a second place finish in Class 2, District 1 in the 2019 season under Glover.

My time at Senath was great, Glover said. My kids were great and worked very hard. Getting a couple years of coaching experience before I graduated college is something Im truly grateful for. Id like to thank Senath-Hornersville for providing me with the opportunity to be a head coach that early in my career. There is no simple way to put how much I learned.

The Green Wave, which finished 11-13-3 in 2019, are looking to bounce back from its first losing season at the varsity level since 2009 this coming fall.

Im real excited to come into a good situation with fresh eyes, Glover said. Its an opportunity to look at things and maybe move some people around. One of my favorite parts about being a new coach is you can go in with a blank slate and give the players a fresh perspective and see what works with the way you coach.

Glover has yet to meet with her players because school and extracurricular activities are currently suspended in the region due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

So far I havent gotten to meet the players, she said. I look forward to the day I get to meet the players. Im excited to meet them and talk to them about the things I like to do and what I expect from them. Its going to be a great day.

Glover is hopeful she will have the opportunity to learn more about her players before fall practices begin.

Id like to have some open gyms if its safe, she said. Obviously, its important we keep everyone safe. We will see how things go. We would love to get in the gym if we can.

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