Legendary College Football Hall of Fame Coach
Lou Holtz, a former football player, coach and analyst, was born in 1937 in Follansbee, West Virginia. In 1959, he earned a degree in history from Kent State, where he was a linebacker for two seasons before an injury ended his career as a football player. He went on to earn an M.A. in Art Education from the University of Iowa in 1961, the same year he married Beth Barcus.
Holtz was the first coach in NCAA history to lead six different programs to bowl games, with 12 career postseason bowl victories spanning more than three decades.
Holtz is best known for his 11-year tenure as head coach of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, which began in 1985. Within two years he took the team to a major postseason bowl game. He went on to lead the Fighting Irish to 100 victories, including a record 23-game winning streak, and the 1988 National Championship.
During his coaching career, Holtz also won conference championships at William & Mary, North Carolina State and Arkansas. He produced the best ever four-year win-loss record for NC State, led Arkansas to six straight bowl games and four Top 10 finishes, and is the only coach in history to guide four different programs to final Top 20 rankings.
Holtz was honored with the Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Award, given by the Football Writers Association of America, in both 1977 and 2000. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2008.
After retiring from coaching, Holtz began working as a studio analyst, primarily for ESPN and SiriusXM Radio.
Holtz has written three New York Times best-selling books: The Fighting Spirit: A Championship Season at Notre Dame (1989); Winning Everyday: A Game Plan for Success (1998); and his latest book, which was released in February 2019, Three Rules for Living a Good Life: A Game Plan for After Graduation.
Holtz currently resides in Orlando, Florida, and has four children and nine grandchildren.
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