, Salem, MA


August 26, 2010

Commander of Eagles

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


Coaching his sons

Some of the fondest memories Glatz has with the Eagles were the opportunities to coach his two sons. David was a member of the Class of 1983 who went on to play at Wesleyan, while Bobby graduated the following year and later was the starting running back at Harvard.

Initially, Glatz was hesitant to start David at end, but was convinced by O'Leary to do so. "Jim said he was the best end we had, and we needed to play him so he started from his freshman year on," Glatz said.

In 1982, the Glatz brothers helped the Eagles win the Division 1 Super Bowl, beating Whitman Hanson, 7-0, on a David Glatz touchdown to finish the season 9-0-1. Yanchus pointed out both Whitman-Hanson and Winthrop were 10-0, but St. John's was ranked higher in the state's point system because they had beaten a bunch of previously undefeated teams.

"We had thrown a pass (in the Super Bowl) that was incomplete, and I decided to run the same play again. The second time it worked," Glatz said. "Bobby was a junior that year and played more on defense. I remember he had a key interception to stop a drive."

Bobby Glatz said his father was always a pretty strict parent, so at an early age he had an idea what playing for him was going to be like.

"He was very clear as to his expectations for all his players on and off the field," Bobby Glatz said. "I'd guess he wanted to make sure nobody could ever accuse him of playing favorites with his sons, so he was probably a little tougher on my brother Dave. Anyone who ever played for him would agree that he was pretty tough on everyone.

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