Hall of Fame - Inductee Detail

Hollie Donan

Hollie Donan

Details

  • Position: Tackle
  • School: Princeton
  • High School: Blair, NJ (Blair HS)\rMontclair, NJ (Montclair HS)
  • Years: 1948-1950
  • Inducted: 1984
  • Place of Birth: Montclair, NJ
  • Date of Birth: Jun 24, 1928
  • Jersey Number: 75
  • Height: 6-5
  • Weight: 230

Member Biography

Holland "Hollie" Donan was called the best tackle he ever coached by Princeton coach Charlie Caldwell. According to Caldwell, Donan's size, tremendous speed and uncanny ability to foresee enemy moves were what made him stand out among the nation's football stars. Head line coach Dick Colman praised him for giving his teammates pep talks and boosting morale. In 1950, Donan led the Tigers to the Lambert Trophy and their first perfect record in 15 seasons. The 6-5, 230- pound bruiser helped arouse his team to a second half come- from-behind win that wiped out a 14-7 Navy lead. Princeton won 20-14, and that led the Tigers to the fore-front of Eastern football for the 1950 campaign. Donan missed only two minutes on defense that season, and was named Lineman-of- the-Year as well as New Jersey's outstanding athlete. Donan graduated from Princeton in the spring of 1951 with a degree in history, married the same year and entered the U.S. Army where he served in the Transportation Corps.