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August 26, 2010

Commander of Eagles

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

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Despite having what Harrison called "no size, no experience, a new coach and new assistants," Glatz made it all work in that first season as a legend was born.

"I'd have to say Fred did an incredible job to win all nine games. He taught us how to reduce the silly penalties and make fewer mistakes."

Practices planned to the last detail

Pat Yanchus began coaching with Glatz in 1971 and is still on staff under current Prep head coach Jim O'Leary.

"Fred was always bigger than life with a tremendous personality," said Yanchus, the Prep's long-time baseball coach and football assistant. "He had an amazing knowledge of football, and he was a great scouter. We'd go to see a team, and by the second half he'd start calling their plays. And he was a real stickler for fundamentals. We always worked on stance and techniques; it paid off in the end because of his insistence of doing things right."

Yanchus said organization was a huge part of Glatz's coaching style. His practice schedules were broken down into 15 minute segments, and when the time was up he'd blow his whistle, everybody would have to stop what they were doing and move on to the next segment.

"Sometimes it would run over, but that was only when Fred wasn't satisfied with how his drill was going. Every last detail was always accounted for," Yanchus said.

Harrison still remembers the two-hour long practices with no down time whatsoever. Glatz, he said, seemed ahead of his time in terms of organization for practice.

"Fred's practices were orchestrated down the last detail - all 120 minutes," Harrison said. "He scripted them and didn't waste a second. He was a good teacher — not a screamer, which was in vogue back then.

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