Class of 2013
Tom Kaleita graduated from Kingsley High School in 2001. During his time he earned 10 varsity letters (3 in football, 3 in basketball and 4 in baseball). He was all conference twice in every sport and earned all-state honors in Basketball. He participated in a baseball and basketball high school all-star game during his senior year.
Tom was given a scholarship to play Tight End at Eastern Michigan. Tom is the first young man in school history to earn a full ride division 1 scholarship to play football. Tom went on to start 36 straight games at Left Tackle and was named captain of the EMU football team in 2004. He set weightlifting records for offensive lineman as he benched 425 pounds and could squat 625 pounds. He won Lineman awards for his toughness, his strength and for his academic work in the classroom.
In the spring of 2005, Tom was signed by the Detroit Lions becoming the first Kingsley grad to play a professional sport. He did not make the final cut down to 56. Tom was then drafted by the Berlin Thunder of NFL Europe. He played there one season and gave up only 1 sack in ten games. In 2006, He was re-signed by the Detroit Lions.
Tom went on to play in the Arena Football League for the Tampa Bay Storm. He played five seasons with the Storm and gave up only 6 sacks in 5 years. His career culminated in a trip to the Arena Bowl in 2010 and he was named all Arena. During his Arena career, he had 22 receptions including 5 for touchdowns. He also rushed for 4 touchdowns.
Coach Glover came to Kingsley in the early 1970's. He took over the cross country program shortly after moving here and went on to build one of the most successful cross country programs in the state of Michigan.
Kingsley earned the distinction as the Class “D” team of the Decade for the 70’s. This is based on how the team finished at the state meets for the decade. They would have repeated that feat in the 80’s except for in 1988, Kingsley’s enrollment was growing and moved to Class “C”. Kingsley still finished 3rd in Class “D” rankings for the 80’s counting only 8 years that they competed in Class “D”.
Coach Glover was instrumental in the creation of the Greater Northwest Cross Country conference. A conference formed specifically for cross country because members of the Highland and Northwest Conferences did not have enough schools offering the sport to be a "conference sport".
Coach Rob Glover also coached the girls track team for many years, achieving two state championships in 1997 and 1998.
Rob stepped away from cross country and girls track in early 2000's.
1974 Boys Cross Country Team
There is only one first state championship in school history, and the 1974 boys cross country team achieved it. This team was described as a "cohesive group without egos that would work hard without knowing or realizing it".
The 1974 boys cross country team was conference co-champs with Elk Rapids, a then tough class C team. In regionals they beat conference rival, the Buckley Bears, by just 3 points. That win gave them the confidence they needed and at the state meet they again bested the Bears, by 5 points, to become state champs.