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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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"You might think you were doing a good job, but then you'd hear him call out "Harrison" which meant you had made a mistake. That was something you dreaded. He expected the best from everybody; that's what it took for the team to be successful."

Son of the Steel City

Glatz was born in Pittsburgh, went on to star at the University of Pittsburgh and wound up playing defensive end for the Pittsburgh Steelers.

When former St. John's Prep quarterback Brian St. Pierre was drafted by the Steelers after a stellar career as Boston College, he went into the team offices at Heinz Field to sign his contract, and looking around spotted a picture of Glatz in a team shot hanging on the wall with the same crewcut his has now.

"When Brian called me that night, he mentioned seeing coach Glatz's picture and I asked what he looked like when he was young. Brian told me he looked just like what he looks now," joked Dr. St. Pierre.

"When I was playing in college (at Harvard) I ran into lots of coaches, and everyone knew who Fred Glatz was. They might not have known him personally, but the impression was you had a good background if he had coached you."

Glatz was a no-nonsense coach who went about the business of building a winning football team at St. John's. But he gives credit to his assistant coaches for helping to build that winning tradition.

"I was fortunate to have some great assistants working with me — Brian Flatley, John Westfield, Pat Yanchus and Brother Linus, with (current head coach) Jim O'Leary coming in a little later. They helped me with the offense and defense, doing whatever was necessary," said Glatz.

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