Longtime River Ridge High girls coach Skip Glover said he will step down from the position he has held for 10 seasons.
"I'm stepping down to spend more time with my family," Glover said.
Glover, who holds a 154-37-15 career record with the Royal Knights, saw the early exit from the Class 3A-District 8 tournament on Wednesday, when No. 3-seeded Hudson upset River Ridge 4-1.
"Over the last four years that I've coached against him, Skip has set an example for class and excellence that will be hard to follow at River Ridge," Hudson His girls soccer coach Stephen Jones said. "He's always had a high work ethic and treated my team with respect — in victory and defeat. He will surely be missed in girls athletics in Pasco County."
Glover was the second-longest tenured girls soccer coach on the county, behind only Land O' Lakes' Vicky King, who started the program in the 1980s. Last season, Glover led River Ridge to a region final berth and also led the Royal Knights to five-straight district titles from 2006-10.
This season, the Royal Knights were 15-4-2, even after standout senior Sarah Olin decided not to play her senior season, as well as Glover rostering only three seniors. Sophomore Darien Davis would lead the team with 19 goals.
Gilboy sets mark
Sunlake senior forward Connor Gilboy, who will lead the 25-0 Seahawks into the Class 3A-District 7 tournament at Pasco as the No. 1 seed, has scored 58 goals thus far this season, setting a Pasco County boys soccer single-season record.
Gilboy added two goals Wednesday against Wiregrass Ranch, but had already surpassed former Land O' Lakes star Justin Geisler, who scored 55 goals in 2000. Earlier in the season, not only did Gilboy, a four-year varsity starter, notch 100 career goals, but he also broke the Sunlake scoring record, which was held by former teammate, Jordan Landry, who scored 52 in 2010.
However, Gilboy would be hard pressed to break the boys career record for goals, which is held by Pasco's Joe Montelongo, who had 143 goals. Former Land O' Lakes girls soccer great, Stacy Bishop, who helped lead the Gators to county's first state title, has 192 career goals for the all-time record, including scoring 55 in 2003.
Additionally, Gilboy still has some work to set the all-time county single-season scoring record.
In 1991, former Ridgewood great Melissa Wells scored 63 goals in a season, meaning Gilboy will need to score six more goals in next week's district tournament, and possibly beyond, to break that record.