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OC's new hoops coach made good first impression on his predecessor

"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 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.About a month ago, Al and I were talking, said Janusch, and I was telling him what I was thinking (about resigning the OC post). He started talking about Reece, and he sounded like somebody I might want to talk to.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.Gliko, who will be in Bremerton next week to meet with returning OC players and explore the area with his fiancee, holds MSU-B's single-game scoring record from a game in 1997, when he poured in 54 points. He averaged 26.6 points in his All-American senior season and 23 as a junior.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'll give everything we've got to do that.Gliko said he owed his first head coaching position in large measure to Gleich.We lived together all last year, Gliko said. We became very good friends. It it wasn't for Coach Gleich, I wouldn't have this opportunity. "

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