Lou Holtz

Lou Holtz was a head coach for 34 years at both the college and pro levels, and is perhaps best known for his 11-season stint as head coach at Notre Dame from 1986-1996. Holtz ended his coaching career in the SEC, however, as the head coach of the South Carolina Gamecocks for six seasons from 1999-2004. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2008.

Holtz took over a South Carolina team that went 1-10 in 1998, and after struggling through an 0-11 season his first year in Columbia in 1999 he led the Gamecocks to an 8-4 season in 2000 and a 9-3 season in 2001. He ended his stay in South Carolina with a record of 33-37, but was 33-26 in his final five seasons including three bowl appearances.

Holtz earned National Coach of the Year honors from Football News and American Football Coaches Quarterly following the 2000 season, and the Gamecocks’ eight-win improvement from 1999-2000 was, at the time, the third-best turnaround in NCAA history. Holtz retired for a second time following the 2004 season and returned to broadcasting as an analyst for ESPN.

Coaching HistoryTeamYears
Head CoachSouth Carolina Gamecocks1999-2004
Head CoachNotre Dame Fighting Irish1986-1996
Head CoachMinnesota Golden Gophers1984-1985
Head CoachArkansas Razorbacks1977-1983
Head CoachNew York Jets1976
Head CoachN.C. State Wolfpack1972-1975
Head CoachWilliam & Mary Tribe1969-1971
Assistant CoachOhio St. Buckeyes1968
Assistant CoachSouth Carolina Gamecocks1966-1967
Assistant CoachConnecticut Huskies1964-1965
Assistant CoachWilliam & Mary Tribe1961-1963
Assistant CoachIowa Hawkeyes196

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