HOLTZ, LOU

LOU HOLTZ

Inducted:  May 21, 2010 in South Bend, IN

Date of Birth:  January 6, 1937 in Follansbee, WV

High School Attended:  East Liverpool, OH     Graduated:  1955

College Attended:  Kent State University         Graduated:  1959

                           University of Iowa  MS                        1960

College Honors:  Played football as a linebacker 1956-1957; an injury ended football career.

Coaching Experience:  Assistant football coach - as a graduate assistant at Iowa 1960, William & Mary 1961-1963, Connecticut 1964-1965, South Carolina 1966-1967, and Ohio State 1968, with team named National Champions that year; head coach - William & Mary 1969-1971, winning Southern Conference title and appearing in Tangerine Bowl 1970; North Carolina State 1972-1975, with a 31-11-2 record and 4 bowl games (2-1-1); New York Jets of the NFL 1976; Arkansas 1977-1983, with a 60-21-2 record and 6 bowl appearances; University of Minnesota 1984-1985; University of Notre Dame 1986-1996, with a record of 100-30-2; University of South Carolina 1999-2004, with 2 bowl appearances; retired from coaching in 2004.

Coaching Honors:  Won a National Championship at ND in 1988; had a school record 23 game winning streak in 1988-1989 and a 17 game treak in 1992-1993; coached more games at ND than any other football coach in school history, second only to Knute Rockne in total victories, and taking ND to 9 consecutive bowl games, winning 5; named National Coach of the Year in 1977 and 1988; inducted into College Football Hall of Fame in 2008, one of only 800 in the history of football to have earned this distinction; National Coach of the Year 2000 by Football News and American Football Coaches Quarterly for the 8 game improvement at South Carolina, where team went from 0-11 in 1999 to 8-4 in 2000; only coach in history of college football to take 6 different teams to a bowl game, win 5 bowl games with different teams, and have 4 different college teams ranked in final Top 20 poll; overall 243-127-7 career record, ranking him third in victories among active coaches and eighth in winning percentage; his 12 career postseason bowl victories rank him fifth on all-time list. 

Special Recognition:  Has received four honorary doctorate degrees; recipient of Notre Dame Monogram Club's highest honor, the Moose Krause Distinguished Service Award 2008; served as a sports analyst for two seasons with CBS Sports' College Football Today; currently serves as a college football studio analyst on ESPN, appearing on ESPNEWS', ESPN College Game Day programs, SportsCenter, and as an on-site analyst for college football games; considered among the greatest speaking legends in America today; author of three New York Times best-selling books The Fighting Spirit, Winning Everyday: A Game Plan for Succes (August 1998), and Wins, Losses, and Lessons, an autobiography (August 2006); produced four motivational videos Do Right, Do Right II, If Enough People Care, and Do Right 20 Years Later; named the Walter Camp Football Foundation's Coach of the Year in 1977 and Man of the Year in 1998; dedicated to raising funds for a number of charitable/humanity causes, most notably, cancer research.

Family:  Wife, Beth; children, Skip (wife Jennifer), Luanne (husband Terry), Kevin (wife Kelly), and Liz (husband Mike); grandchildren, Trey, Chad, Hailey, Lindsay, Katherine, Aaron, Zachary, Beth, and Jacob.

(Updated April 2011)