, Salem, MA


August 26, 2010

Commander of Eagles

No-nonsense approach earned Glatz respect — and plenty of wins — at St. John's Prep


"I set the standard with the parents my first day coaching at St. John's. I turned around in the middle of explaining something, and there were 6-7 people right behind me. I asked what they were doing on the field, and the answer was 'watching practice,'" Glatz recalled.

"'Well, you have to stand behind that fence, not on our field,' I said. They went over where I told them, and we moved as far away from that fence as we could on the old practice field. I didn't want to have to chew out a player while his father was right there.

"All the years I coached at St. John's, discipline wasn't a problem. That was a blessing because I can't remember ever having many discipline problems; the kids were great."

The legend begins

Glatz came to St. John's Prep having begun his coaching career as a graduate assistant coach at his alma mater, the University of Pittsburgh, while getting a master's degree. He then coached at Army, UMass-Amherst, Boston College and back with the Minutemen before setting foot on the Danvers campus.

DiVincenzo, who was the Prep's athletic director, hired Glatz and made the correct choice to keep the program going in the right direction.

"I was a strict coach and he carried that on; he always laid it right on the line," said DiVincenzo. "We had started building the football program up - my first year coaching in 1962 we only had 22 kids out when St. John's was a boarding school. Fred came in and carried on the tradition of winning I had started with our '65 and '66 teams. It's so important to hire the right man, and we got a gem in Fred. He mastered the whole philosophy of St. John's Prep by asking a lot of questions that first year."

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