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William J. "Bill" Zloch (born 1944 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida) is an American lawyer and judge, as well as a former American football quarterback and wide receiver for the University of Notre Dame.

Following the departure of Heisman Trophy winner John Huarte in 1965, Notre Dame football coach Ara Parseghian was faced with a wide-open competition for the quarterback position. He opted to move senior Bill Zloch from wide receiver to quarterback for the 1965 season.[1] Directing a team that was heavily run-oriented, Zloch finished the season completing 36 of 88 passes for 558 yards and three touchdowns.[2] The team finished 7-2-1 and ranked 8th nationally.

After graduation, Zloch spent three years in the U.S. Navy, achieving the rank of lieutenant, then returned to Notre Dame Law School, completing a juris doctorate in 1974. He returned to Fort Lauderdale to begin a private law practice.[3]

On October 9, 1985, President Ronald Reagan nominated Zloch to a newly created seat on the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on November 1, 1985, and received his commission on November 4, 1985. On July 1, 2000, he began a seven-year term as Chief Judge of the district, ending on June 30, 2007. He was succeeded as Chief Judge by Judge Federico A. Moreno.[4]


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Preceded by
John Huarte
Notre Dame starting quarterbacks
Succeeded by
Terry Hanratty
Legal offices
Preceded by
Newly created seat
Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida
October 9, 1985 – present
Succeeded by


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