Lou Holtz was born on January 6, 1937 in Follansbee, West Virginia. He is an author, television commentator, motivational speaker, and most notably a former NCAA football and NFL head coach. Holtz is the only coach in NCAA history to lead six different programs to bowl games and the only coach to guide four different programs to final top 20 rankings. His overall NCAA record is 249-132-7. He led Notre Dame to winning the National Championship in 1988. He is also a multiple winner of Coach of the Year honors.
After growing up in East Liverpool, Ohio and graduating from East Liverpool High School, Holtz attended Kent State University. He is a member of the Delta Upsilon Fraternity, played football, and graduated in 1959. Over the years, Holtz has become known for his quick wit and ability to inspire players. His football pep talks are well-known. In 2005 Holtz joined ESPN as a college football analyst. On May 1, 2008, Holtz was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame. Holtz was married to the former Beth Barcus on July 22, 1961. They are the parents of four children, three of whom are Notre Dame graduates. A few of Holtz books are Winning Every Day and Wins, Losses, and Lessons.