Ned Bolcar was born in Phillipsburg, NJ. He attended Phillipsburg High School where he was a two-time first-team All-State linebacker. While at Phillipsburg Ned racked up a number of honors wearing the Stateliner garnet and grey, including his selection in 1984 as a USA Today High School All-American, and in 1985 as Parade magazine’s national football co-player of the year. He was also named Express Times Player of the Year in 1985. Ned not only had success on the football field he also excelled academically. He was president of the National Honors Society and vice president of the Student Council. His accolades on the field and in the classroom earning him a scholarship to the University of Notre Dame. Ned arrived at Notre Dame under the Gerry Faust era for his first season. The Irish made a change the next year and brought in legendary coach Lou Holtz.
Ned flourished under Holtz’s tutelage and continued to excel both athletically and academically at Notre Dame. He was named special teams captain in 1986 and led the team in tackles in 1987 & 1989. He served as a two-time captain for Notre Dame in 1988 (NCAA Football National Champions) and 1989. He was a two-time All-American linebacker in 1987 and 1989 leading the Irish in tackles both years. He would go on to receive his degree from Notre Dame in economics and liberal arts in 1989.
After graduating from Notre Dame, Ned was drafted in the sixth round of the 1990 NFL draft by the Seattle Seahawks. His stint in the NFL was brief as he played one year with the Seahawks and two seasons with the Miami Dolphins. After his time in the NFL, Ned took on Wall Street in 1995 and spent 19 years in the finance industry. He then decided to leave the rat race and become an entrepreneur. In 2013 he became an Orangetheory Fitness Franchisee. Ned resides in Warren, NJ with his wife and two children.