Z. Walter Janiak
Sport:
Year of Graduation:
Year Inducted:
Football, Men's Track & Field
1936
1997

Biography

Janiak was one of many Crusader athletes of the early 1930s to be coached by two legends.  Under the tutelage of Dr. Eddie Anderson, he was a halfback on the football team noted for his speed.  During his three-year career, the Crusaders finished with an overall record of 24-4-1, including the 9-0-1 campaign in 1935.  That season, he scored the only touchdown and made a key tackle near the goal line to lead Holy Cross to a 7-0 win over nationally-ranked Carnegie Tech, preserving the undefeated record.  Janiak also used his speed on the track team under coach Bart Sullivan and was a former sprinter on the Polish national team.

After Holy Cross, Janiak returned to his native New Bedford, where he entered a career in education.  He was director of the New Bedford Regional Vocational High School, where the fieldhouse is named after him.  The school also hosts the annual Walter Janiak Track Meet.  He passed away in 2005.