August 18, 2014

Former Football Coach Lynn Hovland Passes Away at Age 98

St. Louis, Mo., August 18, 2014 – Former Washington University in St. Louis football coach Lynn Hovland passed away Friday, Aug. 15, at the age of 98.

Hovland was hired by Washington U. in 1949 and served the school as assistant football coach, head football coach, intramural director and associate professor of physical education before retiring in 1981. He served as head football coach from 1959-1961, leading the Bears to a 3-23 overall record.

He was born in Bloomer, Wis., in 1916, and played three seasons of football at the University of Wisconsin. Hovland earned All-America honors in 1938 and was drafted by the Green Bay Packers in the fifth round of the 1939 NFL Draft before deciding on a coaching career.

Friends are welcome to attend a memorial mass at Christ the King Catholic Church in University City on Monday, Aug. 18 at 5:30 p.m. He is survived by 10 children, Thomas, William, Julie, Mary, Clare, Noel, Joan, Margaret, Maureen and Joseph, in addition to many grandchildren & great grandchildren.