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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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"We traveled all over to games; sometimes it was a question of flipping a coin, but we went to David's if there was a conflict because he was the oldest," Glatz added. "We figured we'd have another year to see Bob."

Glatz is proud of the fact he was able to enjoy the games as a fan. He didn't indulge in second-hand coaching - well, not most of the time.

"I tried not to second guess the coaches' decisions ... and if I did it was only a little to my wife," said Glatz, who remained on as athletic director at St. John's until his retirement, when O'Leary took over. "That was all right, because she didn't know what I was talking about."

Yanchus said Glatz remained very involved behind the scenes and still helped the coaches on a regular basis after retiring. To this day he's still very much a part of the athletic scene at the Prep, and on any Saturday during football season can be found in the press box at Cronin Field running the scoreboard and watching the Eagles carry on that winning tradition.

"Fred and his wife Joan are great people," said Yanchus. "They were mentors to me and my wife Cathy. We live in the same town and he's had my family over to his pool many times.

"He never stops working around his yard, and recently cut off the tops of all the trees around his pool so there would be more sun. There was Fred up on a ladder with his chainsaw, doing the job himself.

"There's no question he's one of a kind."

Fred Glatz By the Numbers

17 — Years as head coach at St. John's Prep (1967-83)

105 — Career victories at St. John's Prep

.709 — Winning percentage with the Eagles

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