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The Michigan Daily
Thursday, September 27, 1984
Friday at 7:00 p.m.
FROM HIGH FINANCE TO GRIDIRON
Trgovac tackles new career
By SCOTT SALOWICH
After three years with a Boston
finance company, Mike Trgovac was
ready for a change. The ex-Wolverine
defensive lineman simply was not
satisfied with his role in the world of
"One day I just sat down with myself
and decided I didn't feel like getting up
early and putting on a suit and tie to go
to work every day," he said. I figured
that if I was unhappy with my job at 25,
I'd probably never be happy with it."
AT THIS POINT IN his life, Trgovac
knew it was time he re-evaluated his
"Once I thought about it, I realized I
wanted to get into coaching," he
This realization put Trgovac on to the
trail that led him to his current position
as a graduate assistant to the Michigan
HE DIDN'T PLAN it that way,
"At first, I just hoped to coach high
school ball until I got my teaching cer-
tificate," said the 1981 School of
Education graduate. "I was going to
live with my brother in California and
go to school out there.".
Before Trgovac made his final
decision, however, he called two men
whose opinions he respected to ask
"COACH BOB THORNBLADH and
coach (Milan) Vooletich both suggested
I come back here as a G.A., but I was
afraid it was too late since it was
already July," he said. "But when I
talked to Bo he said he'd have me back
so I jumped at the opportunity."
The former two-time All-Big Ten
tackle felt the timing was perfect to
make the change because he was
"basically free" of social and business
"It was a time where I knew I had to
make the move now," he explained.
TRGOVAC WELCOMED THE chan-
ce to return to his alma mater because
he thought the experience of working
with Schembechler would be a good
start for his new career.
"Coming here was definitely a career
move for me," he said. "I took a big
pay cut when I took this job, but it was a
chance I couldn't pass up.
"If you're serious about coaching,
you think of Bo, Joe Paterno and Tom
Osborne as the ideal guys to work with
and there's no place I'd rather be than
here with Bo."
TRGOVAC HAS A great deal of
respect for his former coach and
current boss whose lessons proved to be
valuable both on the field and in the
"I've never met a man more driven
to success than Bo," he said.
"Everything he does is geared to being
successful and this attitude prepared
me to deal with the world.
"We used to complain about his
demands and the discipline, but today,
whenever I see guys I used to play with,
we agree that what they told us was in
our own interest.
"IT'S LIKE WHEN your parents say
'Someday when you're older you'll
know what I'm talking about.' Well,
now I look back and think, 'Son of a bit-
ch, he was right.'
If Trgovac ever does get a team of his
own, he says he will "take a lot of Bo's
ideas" with him, but he realizes that
"that's a long way down the road." For
now, he seems completely satisfied
with his present assignment.
"I loved coming back here and I love
coaching," he says. "When I was with
the finance company, I always knew
exactly what time it was and when it
was time to get off but when I was out
there coaching during two-a-days, I
didn't even know what day it was. It
didn't matter because I was enjoying
myself so much."
TRGOVAC'S RETURN TO the foot-
ball world has let him find fulfillment
that the business world did not offer.
He had played since he was 11 years old
and always enjoyed being around
athletes. He missed the competition
and the feeling of accomplishment that
comes from banding together to reach a
"You can't just stop football when
you'd been in it for as long as I had," he
The former All-Stater from Austin-
town-Fitch High School in Youngstown,
Ohio feels he might never have left the
game in the first place if it weren't for a
series of ankle injuries which plagued
"I THINK I COULD have played in
the pros," he said. "I mean, I made All-
Big Ten twice and that wasn't easy."
Not that Trgovac is bitter that he
never got a chance in the NFL or USFL.
"Right now I'm glad I didn't play. I
can get out of bed and walk now and
before I couldn't. But when I see all
those big contracts, sometimes I won-
der what might have happened."
Big contracts and big business will
have to wait for now because Mike
Trgovac is busy working "from 8:00 un-
Trgovac goes high to harass former Ohio State quarterback Art Schlichter in
action from 1981.
til late" getting Bo Schembechler's
defense ready to face Indiana, then
Michigan State and so on. But maybe
it's all for the best. Some guys just look
better in coaches' shorts than in three-
Former Wolverine defensive tackle Mike Trgovac at the line. Trgovac, who
graduated three years ago, earned All-Big Ten honors twice in his career at
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