|Legendary Football Coach Lou Holtz to Give Keynote Speech at 2013 Convention|
Lou Holtz, one of the most winning college football coaches of all time, will share his “Game Plan for Success” as the keynote speaker at the National Auto
In a legendary career spanning five decades, Holtz is the only coach in college football history to lead six different teams to bowl games, guide four various programs to the final top 20 rankings and have four different college teams in the final Top 20 poll. Despite never inheriting a winning team, he compiled a 249-132-7 record and chalked up 12 postseason bowl victories, earning him a spot in both the College Football Hall of Fame and the Cotton Bowl Hall of Fame.
Holtz, who grew up in East Liverpool, Ohio and graduated from Kent State University, began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at the University of Iowa where he earned his master’s degree in arts and education. His first head coaching position was at the College of William and Mary, followed by positions with North Carolina State, the New York Jets, the University of Arkansas, the
When he took over as Notre Dame’s 27th head coach in 1985, he brought with him a proven reputation as a fixer of football programs following a series of spectacular repair jobs at his previous schools. He led the Notre Dame Fighting Irish to an undefeated season and the 1988 national championship before leaving after the 1996 season.
After spending two years as a commentator for CBS Sports, Holtz arrived at the University of South Carolina, where he received National Coach of the Year honors from “Football News” and “American Football Coaches Quarterly” in his second season. His six years spent in Columbia helped turn around the Gamecocks’ football program by posting AP Top 25 finishes in 2000 and 2001.
Holtz and his wife Beth had an impact at USC beyond the football field. The two established an endowment at the Thomas Cooper Library to provide for the addition of library materials and resources for undergraduate students. The couple also made substantial gifts to Columbia’s winter homeless shelter, which was renamed in their honor a year before he retired
Today, Holtz is a college football analyst for ESPN, a motivational speaker and has written or contributed to 10 books, including his several best-sellers, Winning Everyday: A Game Plan for Success and Wins, Losses and Lessons.
Holtz also serves on the Catholic Advisory Board of the Ave Maria Mutual Funds and is a champion of charitable and educational causes, including libraries, the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation and centers for the homeless.