CARMICHAEL (CBS13) – The Jesuit Marauders have a coach who has been there more than a decade, but part of his success can be traced to who’s been at his side forever.

Heard over the sound of the familiar squeak of sneakers on the hardwood is a familiar voice:

“Double screen, double screen. Here it comes.”

And a familiar face. He’s part traffic cop, part cheerleader, and all coach.

With Lombardi-like glasses and a workman’s like demeanor, he doesn’t look like he cares his shirt’s untucked.

Coach Greg Harcos does care about his student-athletes at Jesuit High.

“It’s never a dull moment, and it’s a lot of fun to do it,” he said.

And it’s always more fun when you win, something Jesuit fans have gotten used to.

The Marauders upset defending champ De La Salle on their way to the section final.

But to understand the man in the middle’s success, you have to meet the man who started it all.

“I don’t really give him much advice,” Walt Harcos, Greg’s father, says. “Every once in a while,” he laughs, “but not very often.”

His son respectfully begs to differ.

“So he gives me his opinion and I definitely respect the opinion and a lot of times use it,” Greg says.

It’s respect based in part on where his dad’s been. Walt Harcos was the captain and starting guard on the first UC Santa Barbara team to make it to what was – in 1960 – the equivalent of “March Madness.”

Wearing his brand new letterman jacket with pride, Walt Harcos and his team were honored last week in a ceremony that sparked a standing ovation.

It’s applause his son’s been giving him ever since he picked up a basketball:

“We used to play in the driveway nonstop and I hate to say it but I don’t think I ever beat him in H-O-R-S-E. He can shoot,” Greg says.

So here they both are – winners from different generations. Winners even in the face of defeat. Jesuit lost the title game to Sheldon

But a rematch is right around the corner. The teams play again in the NorCal tournament on Saturday at Power Balance Pavilion.

And Coach Harcos’ biggest fan will be right by his side.


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