Wins, Losses, and Lessons

Lou Holtz

Early Years

Lou Holtz grew up in poverty as a child. During his younger years he owned one pair of overalls and a flannel shirt, which he wore every day. His father worked in the steel mills and the family practically lived meal to meal. They only bathed when permitted in the sink of their small apartment. Lou was never handed anything in life, so he had to work and earn everything on his own. Growing up in this situation lifted Lou Holtz to his extremely hard work ethic and dedication to being the best he can be on and off the football field.

Hall of Fame Career

Coach Holtz coached at the collegiate level for 33 years, posting a career record of 249-132-7 with a win percentage of .651. Most notably, he spent 11 of those years at The University of Notre Dame leading them to the 1988 national championship.

The Fighting Irish

Holtz went 100-32-2 at Notre Dame from 1986-1996. He is second on the list of all time wins at Notre Dame behind the legendary coach, Knute Rockne.
Lou Holtz Speech to Notre Dame - for dave and the nation

Coaching Career

Holtz started his head coaching career at William and Mary. He departed after three years and moved on to coach North Carolina State for the next four years. He then coached at Arkansas for seven years from 1977-1983. The University of Minnesota would be a short coaching stay for only two years before settling at Notre Dame for eleven straight. Coach Holtz finished his career at The University of South Carolina from 1999-2004.

ESPN Career

Lou Holtz began working as an ESPN college football analyst in 2006. He is currently the main analyst on ESPN's College Football Scoreboard and ESPN's College Football Finale.

Motivational Speaker

Lou Holtz on Leadership