PARSEGHIAN, ARA

ARA PARSEGHIAN

Inducted:  May 5, 1984 in Indianapolis, IN

Date of Birth:  May 21, 1923 in Akron, OH                

High School Attended:  Akron South            Graduated:  1942

High School Honors:  Captain of football team; All-City; Honorable Mention All-Star.

Served in US Navy 2 years, playing football at Great Lakes under Paul Brown.

College Attended:  Miami University, OH      Graduated:  1947

College Honors:  Captain of All-Stars; Little All-American.

Professional Athletic Background:  Played for Cleveland Browns 1948-1949; injury halted his career.

Coaching Experience:  Assistant football coach under Woody Hayes at Miami 1950; head coach at Miami 1951-1955; head coach at Northwestern University 1956-1963; head coach at  University of Notre Dame 1964-1974, resigning for health reasons with an ND record of 95-17-4 (.836) and an overall career coaching record of 170-58-6 (.739).

Special Recognition:  Two National Championships 1966 and 1973; received MacArthur Bowl, symbolic of the Natinal Champions, 1964, 1966, and 1973; in the ND record books as the second most winning coach in history behind Knute Rockne; had victories in Cotton Bowl in 1971, the Sugar Bowl in 1974, and the Orange Bowl in 1975; named College Co-Coach of the Year by American Football Coaches Assocation 1964; also named Coach of the Year by the Football Writers of America, the Washington Touchdown Club, the Columbus Touchdown Club, the Football News (twice), and the New York Daily News; inducted into the National Footbal Foundation College Football Hall of Fame in 1980; color commentator for ABC Sports 1975-1981; television commentator on NCAA College Football 1982-1988; awarded Honorary Doctorate Degree in Humanities by Miami University 1978; Chairman of Ara Parseghian Medical Research Foundation since 1994, a foundation devoted to research for Niemann-Pick Type C, a disease currently without cure that has claimed the lives of three of his four grandchildren.

Family:  Wife, Kathleen; children Michael (wife, Cindy), Kristan, and Karan; 4 grandchildren.  (Visit www.parseghian.org