Springfield, Mass. – November 26, 2019 – Longtime Springfield College football defensive coordinator Jack Holik G'82 has announced that he will retire after 40 seasons on the sidelines.
"Springfield College is such a special place, and I knew that from the moment I stepped foot on this campus in June of 1980," said Holik. "I am so fortunate of all the people that made my time here such an amazing experience, including the student-athletes, coaches, and administrators. I am so appreciative to have had such a great run here."
Holik, who is also an instructor in physical education at Springfield College will continue to teach through the remainder of the academic year.
An excellent recruiter and football technician, Holik is widely regarded as one of the top defensive specialists in Division III. Most recently under his guidance, Nick Giorgio '19 earned an invitation to the New Orleans Saints Rookie Mini-Camp following a 2018 season in which he was an AFCA and AP First Team All-America selection and one of 13 semifinalists for the Gagliardi National Player of the Year Trophy.
"While his official title was defensive coordinator, Jack has always been a teacher at heart. Whether it be on the gridiron or in the classroom, his attention to detail and focus as a tactician allowed for him to have a remarkable run as a staple within the football program for nearly a third of its 129-year existence," said Springfield College Director of Athletics, Craig Poisson.
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, which in 2006, his defense finished first in the nation in turnover ratio (+1.92 pg). He was recognized on a regional scale in 2005, when he was honored as the Gridiron Club of Greater Boston Assistant Coach of the Year, a prestigious honor bestowed upon an assistant football coach from New England.
In his time with the program, Springfield had 12 all-america honors on the defensive side of the ball and four conference defensive players of the year. Additionally, Springfield made six trips to the NCAA Division III Championship Tournament, won six ECAC Championship Bowl games, and claimed a New England Bowl title.
As an undergraduate, Holik was an All-New England lineman and also played baseball 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.
"We are so fortunate to have had Jack make such an impact on countless student-athletes and young coaches during his time on Alden Street. His unwavering commitment, mentorship, and support left an indelible mark, not only on this football program, but on Springfield College," remarked head football coach Mike Cerasuolo.
A recognition of Holik's impact on the Springfield College community will take place in June of 2021 as part of the 130-year celebration of football at Springfield College. A national search will begin immediately for Holik's replacement.
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