Lou Holtz

  • Birth Name: Louis Leo Holtz
  • Birth Place: Follansbee, West Virginia, United States
  • Profession: College football analyst, Former coach
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  • Coached Notre Dame football to nine straight New Year's Day bowl games, highlighted by an undefeated national-championship season in 1988. Told the story of the season in The Fighting Spirit, one of several New York Times best-sellers written by Holtz.
  • Guided six different schools to college-football bowl games, an NCAA record.
  • Spent his last season as an assistant coach with Ohio State in 1968, winning a national championship on Woody Hayes' staff. Left college for the 1976 season, coaching the New York Jets to a 3-10 record before returning to campus life as Arkansas head coach.
  • Won college football's Coach of the Year award (renamed the Bear Bryant Award in 1986) in 1977 and 1988 and has become a highly sought-after speaker for his folksy wit and wisdom on life and football.
  • Devotes time to helping children with speech impediments, an affliction he dealt with himself before working for CBS and ESPN as an analyst.   
  • In 2003, Columbia, SC, renamed its winter homeless shelter after Lou and his wife Beth, in recognition of their contributions.
  • Ended his coaching career after 2004 season with South Carolina.
  • Briefly considered a run for Congress in Florida in 2009.


  • Skip Holtz — Son
  • Kevin — Son
  • Beth Barcus — Wife
  • Luanne Altenbaumer — Daughter
  • Elizabeth Messaglia — Daughter


  • Kent State University, Kent, Ohio, United States (BS in History, 1959); University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa, United States (MA in Arts and Education, 1961)

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