Owen C. Coogan
Sport:
Year of Graduation:
Year Inducted:
Football
1953
2000

Biography

Coogan started every varsity game at defensive end in his three seasons with the football team and earned a spot on the All New England team as a senior.  He blocked numerous punts and field goal attempts and recovered many fumbles in his three years. Two of his most memorable recoveries occurred in his senior year. The first was at Marquette on the Marquette one yard line which resulted in the game winning touchdown for Holy Cross and a 7-0 final score. The second recovery came in the Boston College game when their quarterback fumbled on the Holy Cross one yard line. Coogan recovered the ball in the end zone for a touchback, preventing a score. The Purple thus won the game 21-7. He competed on Crusader teams which achieved an overall record of 20-9-1, winning 60% of their games. Coogan’s innumberable fans from Worcester and beyond honored him at halftime of his final home game against Temple in November of 1952, a day which Mayor Holmstrom of Worcester proclaimed as “Owen Coogan Appreciation Day.”