Bill Hollenback
Hollenback in 1910
Biographical details
Born(1886-02-22)February 22, 1886
Blue Bell, Pennsylvania
DiedMarch 12, 1968(1968-03-12) (aged 82)
Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania
Playing career
1921Union Quakers of Philadelphia
Position(s)Fullback, end
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1909Penn State
1911–1914Penn State
1912Pennsylvania Military
1915Pennsylvania Military
1919Penn (assistant)
Head coaching record
Accomplishments and honors
All-American, 1906
All-American, 1907
All-American, 1908
College Football Hall of Fame
Inducted in 1951 (profile)

William Marshall "Big Bill" Hollenback (February 22, 1886 – March 12, 1968) was an American football player and coach. He played football at the University of Pennsylvania, where he was selected as an All-American fullback three straight years, from 1906 to 1908. Hollenback served as the head football coach at Pennsylvania State University (1909, 1911–1914), the University of Missouri (1910), Pennsylvania Military College, now Widener University (1912, 1915), and Syracuse University (1916), compiling a career college football record of 46–19–8. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as a player in 1951.

Early life and playing career

Born in Blue Bell, Pennsylvania, Hollenback attended Phillipsburg High School. As an undergraduate at the University of Pennsylvania from 1904 to 1908, he became one of the school's most renowned football players. He played end in 1904. He was unable to play during the 1905 season due to a broken leg. After returning from the injury, Hollenback was moved to the fullback, a position he played from 1906 to 1908. He was selected as an All-American fullback in each of those years. As a senior in 1908, Holleback was the captain of the undefeated Penn team that was named national champion. Jim Thorpe, whose Carlisle Indians team played Penn to a 6–6 tie in 1908, called Hollenback his "greatest and toughest opponent." In 1921, Hollenback played professional football for the Union Quakers of Philadelphia alongside future Philadelphia Eagles founder, co-owner and coach, Bert Bell. In 1925, Hollenback served as the referee for the Pottsville Maroons' 9–7 victory over the Notre Dame All-Stars, featuring the legendary Four Horsemen, at Shibe Park. The game resulted in a controversy that stripped the Maroons of their 1925 NFL championship

Coaching career

Hollenback received a degree in dentistry, but opted to become a football coach after graduating from Penn. He served as the head football coach at Penn State (1909, 1911–1914), the University of Missouri (1910), Pennsylvania Military College (1915) and Syracuse University (1916). During his tenure, he compiled a 28–9–4 (.732) record.

Business and politics

Hollenback served briefly as the president of the Bird Coal Company in 1914. He also owned the William M. Hollenback Coal Company. He was also active in politics, and served on the Philadelphia City Council from 1940 to 1944.

Family and death

Hollenback married Marion Cressman in 1917. They had one child, William M. Hollenback, Jr. His older brother, Jack Hollenback, was also a head football coach at Penn State. Hollenback died in 1968 at age 82.

Head coaching record

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Penn State Nittany Lions (Independent) (1909)
1909 Penn State 5–0–2
Missouri Tigers (Missouri Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Association) (1910)
1910 Missouri 4–2–2 2–1–1 3rd
Missouri: 4–2–2 2–1–1
Penn State Nittany Lions (Independent) (1911–1914)
1911 Penn State 8–0–1
1912 Penn State 8–0
1913 Penn State 2–6
1914 Penn State 5–3–1
Penn State: 28–9–4
Pennsylvania Military Cadets (Independent) (1912)
1912 Pennsylvania Military 5–1–2
Pennsylvania Military Cadets (Independent) (1915)
1915 Pennsylvania Military 4–3
Pennsylvania Military: 9–4–2
Syracuse Orangemen (Independent) (1916)
1916 Syracuse 5–4
Syracuse: 5–4
Total: 46–19–8

See also