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Jordan Olivar

Jordan Olivar (College football.  Born, Brooklyn, NY, Jan. 30, 1915; died, Inglewood, CA, Oct. 17, 1990.)  A Villanova player who started his head coaching career there, Jordan Olivar earned his renown at Yale.  Olivar graduated from Villanova in 1938 and became head coach of the Wildcats in 1943.  In six seasons (1943-48), he was 33-20 before going to Loyola of Los Angeles (Calif.) for three seasons.  Olivar succeeded Herman Hickman at Yale in 1952 and his first team was 7-2, routing Harvard, 41-14, at Cambridge in the season finale.  With the formalization of the Ivy League in 1956, Yale was 8-1 and won the first league title.  Olivar’s 1960 team was unbeaten (9-0) and swept to another Ivy championship, winning 11 straight until an 11-0 loss to Columbia in Yale Bowl Oct. 14, 1961.  He finished with a 61-32-6 record for 11 seasons (1952-62).

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