Add the name John Mackovic to the already lengthy list of Barberton natives who have distinguished themselves in the field of athletics. Mackovic, who in 1978 became the 28th head football coach at Wake Forest University, guided his 1979 club to an 8-3 record and a berth in the Tangerine Bowl. The 8-3 record was the school's best since 1944 and it was Wake Forest's first bowl trip in 31 seasons. For his effort, Mackovic earned Football Coach of the Year honors from both the Sporting News and the Walter Camp Foundation. Mackovic began his coaching career after his 1965 graduation from Wake Forest, where he played quarterback from 1962-64. He's had coaching stints at Miami of Ohio, Army, San Jose State, Arizona, Purdue, the Dallas Cowboys, the Kansas City Chiefs, Illinois and Texas.