McGovern, Bill

Graduation Year: 1981
Category: Athlete

Mr. Bill McGovern made a name for himself as an outstanding athlete in two sports (basketball and football) prior to his graduation in 1981. As a football player, he earned First Team All-County honors as a safety in 1979 and 1980 (becoming only the second BC player to earn First Team mention in consecutive seasons). He intercepted six passes in each of those years, and his total of 12 career thefts stood as a school record for 14 years (and still ranks #2). He also took over at quarterback in 1980 and led BC to its second straight State Championship. He was recognized as an All-Parochial All-State selection and was further honored two decades later by being named to The Record’s “All-Bergen County All-Century Team.” His outstanding career continued at the College of the Holy Cross, where he started at safety for four years and set NCAA Division I-AA records in career interceptions (24) and interceptions in a single year (11). Bill was selected as a Division I-AA First Team All-American in 1985 and was later inducted into the Holy Cross Hall of Fame. His coaching career began in 1985 at the University of Pennsylvania and, after stops at Holy Cross, Massachusetts and Pittsburgh, he accepted a position at Boston College (where he just completed his ninth season). Bill has coached in eight bowl games and his teams have won or shared titles in four different leagues. He and his wife, Colleen, are the parents of three daughters.