Sep 19, 1919Lansford, Pennsylvania, United StatesDied on 27 Jan 2008 (aged 88)
American football player, coach, executive
About Mike Holovak
Michael Joseph Holovak (September 19, 1919 – January 27, 2008) was an American football player, coach, and executive.
He played college football at Boston College, where he was an All-American at fullback in 1942. Holovak was the fifth overall selection of the 1943 NFL Draft by the Cleveland Rams.
After serving in the U.S.
Navy during World War II, he played in the National Football League (NFL) with the Rams in 1946, who had moved to Los Angeles, then with the Chicago Bears in 1947 and 1948.
Holovak was the freshman coach at his alma mater Boston College, then was head coach of the varsity from 1951 through 1959, compiling a 49–29–3 record. In 1960, he joined the Boston Patriots of the new American Football League as an assistant under head coach Lou Saban, coaching the offensive backfield.
Holovak took over as head coach for the final nine games in 1961 after Saban was fired after a 2–3 start, and remained as head coach through 1968.
In 1976, he served one game as head coach for the New York Jets.
He was also the general manager of the Houston Oilers from 1989 to 1993.
Holovak was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as a player in 1985.