Sports

Rangers tab Gliko to succeed Janusch

"There wasn't much need for a long courtship - Barry Janusch and Reece Gliko just seemed to know they were doing the right thing.Janusch met Gliko (pronounced GLEE-ko) just a few weeks ago, but decided almost immediately the eager 27-year-old from Belt, Montana was the man to whom he would hand over the reins of the Olympic College men's basketball program.He and I had a good meeting, Gliko said of Janusch, who stepped down last week after nine years as the Rangers' head coach. He called me up a couple days later and asked me if I'd like the job, and I said of course I would.The OC job will be the first head coaching assignment for Gliko, a former NCAA Div. II All-American sharpshooter at Montana State University-Billings, where he was the offensive leader of the nation's top-scoring D-II team in 1996-97. He played briefly in Europe before coming home to begin his coaching career as a volunteer assistant with the Yellowjackets.From there, I was head assistant at Northern Montana (NAIA), and last year I coached with the Cincinnati Stuff, he said.Gliko was listed as the International Basketball Association team's basketball operations assistant. An assistant coach on the same staff was Bremerton's Al Gleich, a longtime friend of Janusch.It happened really fast, said Gliko, who's been organizing and running youth basketball camps since the Stuff's season ended. It was a surprise to me the job was open.(Janusch) and I seemed to have a lot of the same values and beliefs as far as basketball, he said. I think we both believe that the development of our student-athletes goes way beyond the basketball floor.He said the up-tempo, offensive-minded style he favored as a player would be carried over to his coaching career.I like up-tempo, he said. It'll depend somewhat on the personnel, but we'll pressure and we'll get up and down the court. My focus won't be on winning and losing as much as on becoming the best we can be. "

We encourage an open exchange of ideas on this story's topic, but we ask you to follow our guidelines for respecting community standards. Personal attacks, inappropriate language, and off-topic comments may be removed, and comment privileges revoked, per our Terms of Use. Please see our FAQ if you have questions or concerns about using Facebook to comment.
blog comments powered by Disqus

Read the latest Green Edition

Browse the print edition page by page, including stories and ads.

Oct 24 edition online now. Browse the archives.

Friends to Follow

View All Updates