October 17, 1918|
|Died||September 13, 1989
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|Head coaching record|
|Accomplishments and honors|
|3 Ivy (1961, 1966, 1968)|
John Michael Yovicsin (October 17, 1918 – September 13, 1989) was an American football player and coach. He played college football at Gettysburg College from 1937 to 1939 and then professionally with Philadelphia Eagles of the National Football League (NFL) in 1944. Yovicsin served as the head football coach at Gettysburg College from 1952 to 1956 and at Harvard University from 1957 to 1970, compiling a career record of 110–53–5.
Yovicsin was born in Steelton, Pennsylvania and graduated from Gettysburg College in 1940. He returned to Gettysburg as assistant football coach in 1948 and was the head coach there from 1952 to 1956, tallying a mark of 32–11. During his 14 years at Harvard, Yovicsin amassed a record of 78–42–5. He helmed the Crimson during the famous 1968 Harvard–Yale Game, in which Harvard mounted a late comeback to tie Yale, 29–29. Yovicsin's role as coach is mentioned many times in the documentary Harvard Beats Yale 29-29, where players on both the Harvard and Yale squads talk about his professorial bearing.
Head coaching record
|Gettysburg Bullets () (1952–1956)|
|Harvard Crimson (Ivy League) (1957–1970)|
|National championship Conference title Conference division title|
- "John Yovicsin, 70; Coached Football 14 Years at Harvard". The New York Times. Associated Press. September 16, 1989. Retrieved December 26, 2010.