PG’s Stover leaving education field

CLIMAX — Patrick Stover said he isn’t going to spend the next 20 years in a job he is fast becoming disillusioned with. Instead, he’s going to go in a totally different direction.

Stover, the only varsity girls basketball coach in Providence Grove High School history, has not only resigned his basketball position but will be leaving the education field all together after this school year is over. Stover has decided to go into the funeral service business.

“There’s a multitude of reasons, but one of the big ones is I don’t like where the education system is going,” Stover said, making sure it was understood it’s not the educational system at Providence Grove High School but in general education. “At times I feel we are disrespected, the pay is frozen… The whole atmosphere is changing and I just don’t enjoy it. I’ve been in the system for 11 years and it was time I made a decision. I’m not going to sit around and complain about it for the next 20 years.”

Stover, 32, started out as the head jayvee basketball coach at Eastern Randolph High School for two years and then worked under boys varsity head coach Rick Larrick for a season. He took over the ER girls program when Jim Young resigned and went to Providence Grove once the school opened six years ago.

“Coaching for awhile was my outlet,” Stover said. “Once I hit the court from the classroom, everything was different. Now that’s become stressful.”

Stover said he began wondering two summers ago if he wanted to stay in the education field.

“I did a lot of praying and and asking God if this is not where I’m supposed to be, please show me and I feel I am being led elsewhere.” Stover said.

Stover said he began taking classes for the funeral service business and has spent the past 15 months working at Pugh Funeral Home in Asheboro. He continues to take classes and is working on becoming a licensed embalmer. He begins an apprenticeship this summer.

“I look forward to the opportunity and enjoy the opportunity I have had helping families,” Stover said.. “It’s a very difficult time and I think it’s an honor and a privilege to be able to help these families. God is leading me in that direction and it’s time I closed one chapter of my life and begin another.”

Another big reason for leaving coaching, he said, was his family. He now has two children and like most coaches, missed numerous family moments because of teaching and coaching.

“I’ve been in coaching the last 10 years and as much as I have enjoyed working with the players and helping them develop not only on the court but hopefully off the court as well… While you are helping them, you are missing time from your family. Andrew is 3 1/2 years and the baby is six months and I have already missed time I won’t get back. When you’re in full swing as a basketball coach, it can be 60-70 hours per week sometimes. They are asleep when I leave and asleep when I get home. As much as I love coaching, I love the opportunity to be with them even more. Andrew loves basketball so me and him can go out in the driveway now and have a ball.”

Stover is currently teaching World History at PGHS.

The Patriots finished 14-10 this past season, one of the top records in the short history of the school. He admitted coaching isn’t as much fun as it once was.

“The attitudes have changed and the perception of ability has changed,” Stover said. “The highlights for me is seeing these players develop. I hope some of the players over the years had as good memories as I have had. Again, it’s not Providence Grove. This is a fine school with a great staff and a great administration. Its education, it’s burnt me out.”

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