Class of 2019
Lou Holtz

Lou Holtz has established himself as one of the most successful college football coaches of all time. He is the only coach in history to take six different teams to a bowl game. He compiled a 243-127-7 career record that ranked third in victories among active coaches and eighth in winning percentage. His twelve career post-season bowl victories ranked him fifth on the all-time list. Holtz was selected for the 2008 College Football Hall of Fame. Coach Holtz grew up in East Liverpool, OH, just up the Ohio River from his WV birthplace. He graduated from East Liverpool High School, earned a Bachelor of Science degree in history from Kent State in 1959, and a Master’s degree from Iowa in arts and education in 1961. He served as an officer in the Army after college and married Beth Barcus of East Liverpool. His coaching career began as an assistant coach at Iowa, William & Mary, South Carolina, and Ohio State. Holtz became the 25th head coach of Notre Dame (1986-1996) following two seasons at Minnesota (1984-1985), seven at Arkansas (1977-1983), four at North Carolina State (1972-1975), and three at William & Mary (1969-1971) where his head coaching career began at the age of 32. He spent the 1976 season as head coach of the NFL New York Jets. He retired from coaching in 2004, after leading the University of South Carolina to back-to-back bowl games for the first time in the school’s history. Between 1996 and 1999, Holtz joined CBS Sports’ College Football Today for two seasons as a sports analyst. Until 2014, Holtz was a college football studio analyst on ESPN. Holtz maintains an extensive speaking schedule and has been considered among the greatest speaking legends in America today. He has authored several books, including three New York Times best-sellers. In 1996, the Holtz Charitable Foundation, Inc., a private 501(c)(3) organization, was formed to provide scholarships in Holtz’s hometown and educational assistance to the children of Holtz’s former players. Coach Lou and his wife are the parents of four children, grandparents to nine, and currently reside in Orlando, Florida.

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