Jack Holik G’82 is in his 35th season on the Springfield College football staff and his 31st as an instructor in physical education and health fitness. He serves as the Pride’s defensive coordinator.
In 2005, Holik was recognized as the Gridiron Club of Greater Boston Assistant Coach of the Year, a prestigious regional honor bestowed upon an assistant football coach from New England.
An excellent recruiter and football technician, Holik is widely regarded as one of the top defensive specialists in Division III. The 2013 campaign saw the Pride post back-to-back shutouts against Husson and Mount Ida, marking the first time since 1957 that Springfield has held its opponent off the scoreboard in two-straight contests.
In 2006, his club finished first in the nation in turnover ratio (+1.92 pg). In 2003, the Pride defense was ranked among the leaders nationally against the run (20th/102.2 ypg) and total defense (30th/273.4 ypg). In 2002, Springfield was ranked 14th in pass-efficiency defense (86.3) and 22nd in total defense (253.5) in D-III.
Holik served as captain of the baseball and football teams at Manchester (Conn.) High and received the “Outstanding Student-Athlete” and Yale Club of Hartford awards for excellence in academics and athletics. He also played baseball and was an All-New England football lineman at Trinity College, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in history in 1975.
Upon graduation, Holik returned home to serve as Manchester High’s head football coach for four years before earning his master’s in physical education from Springfield College in 1982.
Holik is responsible for recruiting the South Shore and Rhode Island.
Jack has two children, his daughter, Caitlyn Sue, and son, J.W.