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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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"The true highlight of the whole experience, though, was watching my Dad interact with all the guys on the team. He was a disciplinarian, yes, but he also had a knack of finding a way to get the most out of everyone and to get guys to work together as teammates."

Bobby said his father always had the players' rapt attention whenever he gave one of his notable pregame or halftime speeches.

"Those speeches were unlike anything else I have experienced in life," said Bobby Glatz, who has been Executive Director of the Harvard Varsity Club for the past 14 years. "He would have our entire locker room hanging on his every word — you could hear a pin drop. He would get everyone so fired up that his talks might have had a bigger impact on us than the whole week of practice; they were that powerful."

Life after coaching

When his sons finished playing for St. John's and their college game times conflicted with the Eagles' own contests, Glatz had a decision to make — one that Yanchus said he agonized over.

On the one hand, Glatz didn't want to retire. But realistically, he knew that his sons played on Saturday afternoons — the same time as most of the Prep games. In the end, he called his choice to step down after the 1983 season "the best decision I ever made."

" I enjoyed watching them play much more than anything in my own playing career," Glatz said. "I was at one game at Wesleyan when David did something big. I couldn't believe it when a guy behind me stood up, and yelled 'Glatz is God.'

"What made both David and Bob special players was how hard they worked. A lot of kids have natural ability, but don't do the extra work. They were willing to put the extra time in.

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