"An honorable coach. An honorable man."
Coach Janan truly was a gentle giant and I have always respected him as one of the kindest, most genuine people I've ever known. I first met George and his family when I was very young. The Janans lived in the same neighborhood as my family and Kelly and I were in the same Kindergarten class together, so I can remember George's jovial, caring presence for just about as far back as I can recall. During high school he was my varsity offensive line coach at Spruce Creek and was by far the best role model for our team. He consistently emphasized that hard work, good sportsmanship, and positive attitude were more important than any amount of points on the board, and he lived his words through acts of kindness and integrity. During the 98 season I suffered an injury during practice and was hospitalized for several days. George was the only coach to visit me while I was at Halifax and one of the few faculty members that always asked how I was doing after I graduated. If we lost a football game he was the only coach who was consistently positive, always offering words of encouragement and thanking us for "playing our hearts out". He holds a very special place in my heart and memory, and I am very thankful to have known such a caring, honest man whose love for the Lord and passion for education molded the lives of so many for generations to come. Thanks, coach. You are truly missed.