William F. Donovan

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William Francis "Pooch" Donovan Sr. (1865 – August 21, 1928) was a Harvard University coach. In 1907 he became the Harvard University track coach. He was the head Harvard Crimson football coach in 1918.[1] He was also a trainer for the Harvard Crimson baseball team.[2][3]

William F. Donovan
William (Pooch) Donovan.jpg
Biographical details
Natick, Massachusetts
Died(1928-08-21)August 21, 1928
Natick, Massachusetts
Coaching career (HC unless noted)


Donovan was born around 1865 in Natick, Massachusetts. He had a brother, Edward S. Donovan who was called Piper Donovan. He married and had as children, Dorothy Marion Donovan; William F. Donovan, Jr.; and John F. Donovan.[4]

Donovan had a heart attack in Amsterdam after the 1928 Summer Olympics. He returned home on August 12, 1928. He died on August 21, 1928 and was buried on August 24, 1928.[2][3]

Head coaching recordEdit


Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Harvard Crimson (Independent) (1918)
1918 Harvard 2–1
Harvard: 2–1
Total: 2–1


  1. ^ "Pooch Donovan". Sports Reference. Retrieved April 26, 2011.
  2. ^ a b "Pooch Donovan is Dead. Heart Disease Fatal to Famous Old Harvard Athletic Trainer". The Pittsburgh Press. August 21, 1928. Retrieved April 27, 2011 – via Google News.
  3. ^ a b "Pooch Donovan Buried. Leading Sportsmen Attend Rites for Harvard Trainer". The New York Times. August 24, 1928. Retrieved April 26, 2011.
  4. ^ "Piper Donovan Killed. Former Sprinter Struck by Auto, Driver of Which Escapes". The New York Times. July 26, 1926. Retrieved April 26, 2011. Edward "Piper" Donovan, former sprinter and brother of William "Pooch" Donovan. Harvard's veteran trainer was killed here today by an ... who escaped after ...