Kewaunee graduate Jack Novak ’71 is the focus of this week’s “Alumni Spotlight.” Novak participated in football and basketball during his distinguished high school sports career.
Following high school, Novak attended the University of Wisconsin, where he played three years of varsity football under Coach John Jardine. After his senior season in 1975, Novak was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals of the National Football League. He played one season for the Bengals and then two more years with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
As far as his best high school memory, Novak fondly recalls his sophomore year at Kewaunee under Coach Don Rabas.
Kewaunee also had some powerhouse basketball teams in the early ‘70s, and Novak remembers facing tough competitoin in tournament action his final two seasons.
Novak says he enjoyed the great rivalry games with area schools like Algoma and Sturgeon Bay, as well as DePere and West DePere.
Helping coach the Kewaunee football team now allows Novak to stay connected with the game he loves. He misses the camaraderie with teammates from high school, but still occasionally connects with some of his old classmates. His one piece of advice to current student athletes is “ to try to give the sport everything you got, both mentally and physically.”
Novak and his wife, Mary, reside in Kewaunee and have two daughters, one son and five grandchildren. He is the president of the Novak Insurance and Real Estate Agency in Kewaunee. If you visit the halls of Kewaunee High School, you will see he is one of the alumni honored with a plaque on the “Wall of Fame.”