Hollenback in 1910
|Born||February 22, 1886|
Blue Bell, Pennsylvania
|Died||March 12, 1968 82) (aged|
Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania
|1921||Union Quakers of Philadelphia|
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|Head coaching record|
|Accomplishments and honors|
| All-American, 1906 |
| 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.
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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
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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.
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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.
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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.
John Coffey Hollenback was an American football player and coach. He served as the head football coach at Franklin & Marshall College from 1908 to 1909, Pennsylvania State University in 1910, and Pennsylvania Military College, now Widener University in 1911, compiling a career college football record of 21–11–3. He was the older brother of Bill Hollenback, who was also a head football coach at Penn State.
|Penn State Nittany Lions (Independent)(1909)|
|Missouri Tigers (Missouri Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Association)(1910)|
|Penn State Nittany Lions (Independent)(1911–1914)|
|Pennsylvania Military Cadets (Independent)(1912)|
|Pennsylvania Military Cadets (Independent)(1915)|
|Syracuse Orangemen (Independent)(1916)|
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