Mike Pecarovich
Mike  Pecarovich

Football Coach


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The message on the plaque at the field dedicated to Pecarovich effectively summarizes his Gonzaga career: "Successful football-baseball coach, inspirational leader, dynamic speaker, gifted alumnus." Pecarovich arrived from Seattle by way of Santa Clara University in time to play various positions, including quarterback as a senior, for some of Coach Gus Dorais' good teams of the early 1920s. He came back from California again from varied coaching successes, this time as head coach, in 1931. Among his football students were Max Krause, Ike Peterson, George Karamatic and Tony Canadeo. Archrival Washington State College was a particular Pecarovich victim - one four-year stretch included three Gonzaga wins and a scoreless tie. His outgoing personality and interest in dramatic arts carried Pecarovich into featured roles in Bing Crosby films. He was in demand as an inspirational speaker throughout his adult life.

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