Curiosity kills a coach
June 11, 2008 · Updated 4:46 PM
"Barry Janusch doesn't know how he's going to react to life without basketball. But he's intrigued by the possibilities.Ever since seventh grade, every winter I've had basketball, said Janusch, who announced last week he was resigning as head men's basketball coach at Olympic College after nine seasons. I played junior high, high school, college, pro ball, and then I was coaching. I don't really know what life is like without it. It sounds corny, but that's what I've been thinking. It's more of a curiosity thing.Janusch said he'd like to spend more time in his capacity as athletic director at OC, a job which includes helping to oversee operations at the Bremer Student Center, advising student government and supervising intramural and recreation programs for the college.I like the (other) responsibilities, he said, but I felt like I was getting spread too thin. I really want to do some things with our athletic department.Reece Gliko, 27, was hired by Janusch to take over the head men's basketball coaching job. Gliko met longtime Janusch contact Al Gleich last year when the two were on the staff of the Cincinnati Stuff of the International Basketball League, and Gleich referred the youngster to Janusch.He reminded me of when I first got started coaching (at Clark Community College in Vancouver, Wash., like OC a member of the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges), Janusch said of Gliko. He's a young guy who's never been a head coach before, but he just needs the chance. He wants to do it, he wants the opportunity.Last winter, Janusch's team had in some respects the least successful season of his tenure, failing to advance to the NWAACC playoffs after compiling a 4-12 Northern Division record, 8-20 overall. The Rangers were a freshman-dominated group after most of the 1999-2000 team - which finished sixth in the NWAACC tournament - had used up its eligibility.But Janusch said he felt no pressure, either from himself or the school's administration, to give up the job.It was completely my idea, he said of the resignation. The door's open for me to come back at some point in the future, if the opportunity arose and it was something I wanted to do.He added, joking, You can make that kind of decision when you're close to the (athletic director).In nis nine seasons at OC, Janusch's teams compiled a 141-110 record. The 2000-2001 campaign was the first that didn't end with some sort of postseason appearance. The Rangers won the Northern Division title in 1995, when they also finished sixth in the two-state conference.OC had six former players on teams at four-year colleges last winter. The Rangers' leading 2000-01 scorer and rebounder, North Mason's Casey Reynolds, is headed for Montana State University next season.Janusch said he was leaning toward a change even before the beginning of the difficult 2000-01 season. I've been thinking about this for a while, since even the season before last year, he said. It's something I've given a lot of thought to.High on his agenda will be improvements to the Bremer Center, which he called kind of the hub of the whole campus. There are a lot of things that need to be done there.Currently the interim student government advisor, a post he assumed in the middle last basketball season, he said he wouldn't mind at all having that responsibility become permanent.Student government at OC is in charge of a little over $800,000 for all different kinds of programs, including athletics, he said. They're a neat group of people - a completely different breed of cat than the athletes I've gotten used to working with.And, after all, Janusch was looking for a change. "