Northern Michigan’s Coaching Legends: Laurie Glass
MISportsNow is sitting down with some of the game’s best and sharing their stories for “Northern Michigan’s Coaching Legends.” This marks the fourth in the series.
LELAND – One of the winningest coaches in state history, Leland’s Laurie Glass has won multiple state titles as both a player and coach with the Comets.
The 2015 National Federation of High Schools’ Volleyball Coach of the Year, Glass began her coaching career at Leland in 1990 before heading to Traverse City Central in 1992. Glass left Central in 1995 and returned to Leelanau County and Leland in 1996. After again departing Leland in 2007, Glass returned for her third stint with the Comets in 2010, leading Leland to the 2015 MHSAA Class D state championship.
The Comets have won Class D state titles under Glass in 2002, 2006 and 2015 and recorded runner-up finishes in 2014 and 2005.
Her daughter, Alisha, won three NCAA Division I indoor volleyball national championships as a setter at Penn State and captured a bronze medal with the United States national team at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
Glass has posted a 1,040-319-113 career record and ranks ninth all time in MHSAA coaching history for most wins. Her Comets went 40-10-3 in 2017.