As a head football coach, Lou Holtz knows what it means to be a winner. Lou has led three different programs to top twenty finishes, won a national championship and national coach of the year honors, guided teams to 22 postseason bowl games, and is one of the most successful college football coaches of all time. Lou Holtz is currently the head coach of the University of South Carolina Gamecocks. Just two years, after taking over a team that was 0-10, Lou led South Carolina to an 8-4 record, 5-3 in the SEC, and the first bowl victory in school history, with a 24 to 7 win over #18 Ohio State in the Outback Bowl.
Lou Holtz gained his fame while coaching at the University of Notre Dame. In 1986 Lou was named head coach. He coached 11 seasons at the university, where he amassed an overall record of 100-30-2. In just three years, Lou was able to lead the Fighting Irish to a perfect 12-0 record, the 1988 National Championship and earned National Coach of the Year honors. With the 1988 Championship, Lou has been the only coach to win a national championship on the field and in the classroom, as evidenced by the 100 percent graduation rate of the Notre Dame football players in winning the 1988 CFA Academic Award. Holtz compiled a 33-20-2 mark against AP top 25 teams and a 21-15-1 record vs. AP top 10 squads. Lou has had 12 players chosen in the the first round of the NFL draft.
Through his 29 years of success as a collegiate football coach, Lou Holtz has relied upon a basic philosophy of coaching: “Coaching is based on Bible principles–belief, faith, hope, charity. The only times I ever get into trouble are when I violate those principles. Success will come if you keep the faith and make intelligent decisions.” As a coach, he has three expectations of his players: that they do what is right, do the best they can, and treat others as they’d like to be treated. For Holtz, success is more than just winning football games. He is concerned that his football players become not only better athletes, but better students and better men, too, which was the foundation of thinking that made Henry P. Iba a great man.
A few career highlights:
• Currently ranks 11th in All-Time Division 1-A Coaching Victories with over 225 wins
• Coached Notre Dame to an overall record of 100-30-2 in 11 Seasons
• Won NCAA National Championship at Notre Dame in 1988
• 2-Time Coach of the Year (1977,1988)
• While at Notre Dame, had nation’s highest graduation rates, including 100% in 1988, the same year Notre Dame won the National Championship
• Walter Camp Football Foundation “Man of the Year” 1998
• Retired from Notre Dame in 1996, but came back in 1999 to coach South Carolina
2000 Outback Bowl Champion, 1st ever bowl win in South Carolina History
• Led four different programs – North Carolina State, Arkansas, Notre Dame and South Carolina – to national top 25 finishes and bowl victories
• Coached Six Schools in all: William and Mary (3 yrs.), North Carolina State (4 yrs.), Arkansas (7 yrs.), Minnesota (2 yrs.), Norte Dame (11 yrs.), and South Carolina (2 yrs. – present)
• Coached the NFL New York Jets for 13 games (3-10) in 1976