Bob O'Billovich

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Bob O'Billovich
Date of birth: (1940-06-30) June 30, 1940 (age 74)
Place of birth: Butte, Montana
Career information
Status: Retired
CFL status: International
Position(s): QB/DB
Height: 5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Weight: 182 lb (83 kg)
College: Montana
Organizations
As administrator:
19901992
19941995
2008-2012
BC Lions (GM)
Toronto Argonauts (GM)
Hamilton Tiger-Cats (GM)
As coach:
19821989
19901992
19931994
1995
Toronto Argonauts
BC Lions
Toronto Argonauts
Toronto Argonauts
As player:
19631967 Ottawa Rough Riders
Career highlights and awards
  • Grey Cup champion (1983)
CFL East All-Star: 1965

Robert "Bob" O'Billovich, nicknamed "Obie", (born June 30, 1940) is a former Canadian Football League player, coach and administrator. Bob was born and raised in Butte, Montana where he was an outstanding football and basketball player at Butte High School. At Butte HS he lettered three years in basketball and two years in football; making All State in both sports. He also lettered in track and played shortstop on the Butte American Legion baseball team.

A former NCAA college basketball and football player at the University of Montana where he started in both sports for three years. Obie started three years in football for Montana as a quarterback (1959-1961). In addition, Obie was the starting shortstop for Montana (1960-1962) in baseball. Obie also lettered at least one year in track for Montana. Obie has been involved with the CFL since 1963 in the roles of player, coach, general manager, scout, and several front-office positions. He has a wife, Judy; and three children: Tracy, Jodi, and Coy. His younger brother, Jack "Mad Dog" O'Billovich, who died in 1995 of a heart condition, was an All-American at Oregon State who helped OSU get to the Rose Bowl in 1965.

NCAA college basketball[edit]

After graduating from high school in Butte, Montana, O'Billovich went to Missoula, Montana to attend college.[1][2] O'Billovich is a former NCAA college basketball player for the University of Montana, playing from 1960 to 1962. He was named University of Montana Athlete of the Decade for 1960–1970, and inducted to the University of Montana Grizzly Athletic Hall of Fame in 1993.

Canadian Interuniversity Athletics Union[edit]

Bob O'Billovich was coach of the Carleton University Ravens CIAU men's basketball team from 1971 to 1973. From 1973 to 1974, O'Billovich served as head coach for the University of Ottawa Gee-Gees men's basketball team.

Canadian Football League[edit]

O'Billovich began his CFL career as a player in 1963 with the Ottawa Rough Riders. He played both defensive back and quarterback.

In 1974, O'Billovich launched his CFL coaching career with the Rough Riders, first as a guest coach, and then assistant coach.

O'Billovich was named head coach of the Toronto Argonauts in 1982, a position he held until 1989. During his tenure at Toronto, the Argonauts appeared in the Grey Cup three times (1982, 1983, 1987), winning the Cup in 1983. He was honoured as CFL Coach of the Year in 1982 and 1987.

Bob O'Billovich joined the BC Lions in midseason on September 14, 1990 as General Manager and Interim Coach. The Lions had been off to a dismal 2–8-1 start that season; they finished the season with an improved 6–11-1 record. O'Billovich remained as head coach of the Lions through the end of the 1992 season, a year in which the Lions finished at 3–15.

In 1993, O'Billovich returned to the Argonauts as general manager. The Argos began that season poorly, and O'Billovich took over as head coach on September 10, 1993. He coached for the remainder of the 1993 season and for the entirety of the 1994 season. At the end of the 1994 season, O'Billovich relinquished the head coach position to concentrate on his general manager duties. The Argos again had a poor start for the 1995 season and O'Billovich took over as head coach for the final nine games after firing Mike Faragalli; the team finished the season with a lackluster 4–14 record.

O'Billovich was director of player personnel with the BC Lions from 2003 to 2007. In December 2007, O'Billovich was hired as general manager by the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.[3] On January 12, 2012, the Hamilton Tiger-Cats announced his promotion to Vice President of football operations.[4] On December 17, 2012, Kent Austin replaced O'Billovich as the Tiger-Cats' GM when he was also hired as the team's new Head Coach.

CFL coaching record[edit]

Team Year Regular Season Post Season
Won Lost Ties Win % Finish Won Lost Result
TOR 1982 9 6 1 .600 1st in East Division 1 1 Lost in Grey Cup
TOR 1983 12 4 0 .750 1st in East Division 2 0 Won Grey Cup
TOR 1984 9 6 1 .600 1st in East Division 0 1 Lost in East Final
TOR 1985 6 10 0 .375 4th in East Division - - Failed to Qualify
TOR 1986 10 8 0 .555 1st in East Division 1 1 Lost in East Final
TOR 1987 11 6 1 .647 2nd in East Division 2 1 Lost in Grey Cup
TOR 1988 14 4 0 .777 1st in East Division 0 1 Lost in East Final
TOR 1989 7 11 0 .388 2nd in East Division 0 1 Lost in East Semi-Final
BC 1990 4 3 0 .571 4th in West Division - - Failed to Qualify
BC 1991 11 7 0 .611 3rd in West Division 0 1 Lost in West Semi-Final
BC 1992 3 15 0 .166 4th in West Division - - Failed to Qualify
TOR 1993 2 6 0 .250 4th in East Division - - Failed to Qualify
TOR 1994 7 11 0 .388 3rd in East Division 0 1 Lost in East Semi-Final
TOR 1995 2 7 0 .222 7th in North Division - - Failed to Qualify
Total 107 104 3 .507 5 Division
Championships
6 8 1 Grey Cup

CFL GM record[edit]

Team Year Regular Season Post Season
Won Lost Ties Win % Finish Won Lost Result
BC 1990 4 3 0 .571 4th in West Division - - Failed to Qualify
BC 1991 11 7 0 .611 3rd in West Division 0 1 Lost in West Semi-Final
BC 1992 3 15 0 .166 4th in West Division - - Failed to Qualify
TOR 1993 2 6 0 .250 4th in East Division - - Failed to Qualify
TOR 1994 7 11 0 .388 3rd in East Division 0 1 Lost in East Semi-Final
TOR 1995 4 14 0 .222 7th in North Division - - Failed to Qualify
HAM 2008 3 15 0 .166 4th in East Division Missed Playoffs
HAM 2009 9 9 0 .500 2nd in East Division 0 1 Lost East Semi-Final
HAM 2010 9 9 0 .500 2nd in East Division 0 1 Lost East Semi-Final
HAM 2011 8 10 0 .444 3rd in East Division 1 1 Lost East Final
HAM 2012 6 12 0 .333 3rd in East Division - - Failed to Qualify
Total 66 111 0 .372 0 Division
Championships
1 5 0 Grey Cups

Achievements[edit]

  • University of Montana Athlete of the Decade (1960–1970)[1]
  • Inducted to the University of Montana Grizzly Athletic Hall of Fame in 1993
  • CFL Coach of the Year (1982, 1987)
  • Grey Cup champion coach (1983)
  • All-time winningest coach for the Argonauts (89–79–3 in 11 seasons)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Ferguson, Bob (1983). Who's Who in Canadian Sport 4. Markham, ON and Allston, MA: Fitzhenry and Whiteside Ltd. p. 329. ISBN 1-55041-855-6. 
  2. ^ Foley, Bill (August 23, 2008). "O'Billovich Pays A Visit". Montana Standard. Retrieved August 27, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Bob O'Billovich tabbed as Tiger-Cats GM". CBC.ca. 2007-12-04. Retrieved 2007-12-05. 
  4. ^ http://www.cfl.ca/article/ticats-promote-o-billovich-to-vp-of-football-ops Ticats promote O'Billovich to VP of Football Ops