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Lou Holtz

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Sports Motivational Speaker Lou Holtz is a former college football player and coach who is now widely recognized for his work as a colorful college football analyst for CBS and ESPN. He held the head coaching position at 6 different NCAA D1 schools most notably at the University of Notre Dame where he won the 1988 National Championship. After many years spent in the broadcast booth following coaching, Lovable Lou has since become a top sports motivational speaker delivering keynote addresses at corporate events, industry conferences, commencements and other college speaker series.

As a player, Sports Motivational Speaker Lou Holtz attended Kent State University and played the linebacker position. He graduated in 1959 and became a graduate assistant at Iowa University the following year. Lou worked as an assistant for William & Mary, Connecticut, South Carolina, and Ohio State from 1961-1968. He got his first taste of the National Championship with Ohio State in 1968 working under legendary head coach Woody Hayes.

Lou returned to William & Mary to take the head coaching job in 1969 before moving on to North Carolina State University in 1972. His successful track record including several bowl game wins at both schools led to Lou’s only NFL coaching position as the head coach of the New York Jets during 1976. But Lou was more than just a football coach. He reveled in the opportunity to influence the lives of the next generation of players at the college level.

He returned to the college ranks and enjoyed a nice run with the University of Arkansas before accepting the head coaching position at Notre Dame. When Lou arrived on the campus in South Bend, the football team was coming off a string of bad season. He changed the culture in the locker room, emphasizing team comradery and responsibility. He was also one of the early adopters of the option offense which stumped opposing defenses. In just his 3rd season with the team in 1988, Lou led the Fighting Irish to a National Championship victory over West Virginia.

Lou first retired from coaching in 1996 but returned to coach the University of South Carolina from 1999-2004. He joined the ESPN desk in 2005 appearing on programs including College Football Scoreboard, College Football Live and SportsCenter. In his spare time, Lou has published a number of books on leadership and success as well as an autobiography.

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