Legendary coach Lou Holtz joins Trine′s board
Trine University has appointed and welcomed Hall of Fame football coach and ESPN analyst Lou Holtz to its board of trustees.
Holtz gave the university′s commencement address and received an honorary doctorate from Trine in May. While on campus, he toured facilities and met with faculty, staff, administrators, trustees and university supporters.
"I was struck by the university′s growth, successes and drive," Holtz said. "More importantly, though, I was impressed by the commitment, determination and perseverance of Trine′s people – from the students and faculty to the coaches and administration. This is a top–notch institution, and I want to be a part of Trine′s future."
Trine University president Earl D. Brooks II, Ph.D., approached Holtz about the opportunity to join the board after his trip to campus in May.
"We are thrilled that Coach Holtz has joined our board of trustees," Brooks said. "His experiences in education and mentoring young people will be of benefit to the university for years to come. He has a remarkable understanding of people and making things happen. He is an outstanding addition to an already exemplary board."
Holtz coached the fighting Irish at Notre Dame from 1985 to 1996. The team captured a national championship and chalked up a 23–game winning streak that ranks as the longest in the school′s history under Holtz′s leadership.
After his departure from Notre Dame following the 1996 season, he took to the sidelines and joined CBS Sports College Football Today for two seasons as a sports analyst. In 1999, with coaching in his blood, Holtz returned to the gridiron at the University of South Carolina. He led the Gamecocks to back–to–back bowl games for the first time in the history of the school and defeated Ohio State in consecutive bowl appearances.
Holtz′s head coaching career started at 1969 at William and Mary. By his second season, the team won the Southern Conference title. Following success at the school, Holtz went on to coach at North Carolina State from 1972–1975, Arkansas from 1977–1983 and Minnesota from 1984–1985. For less than a season, Holtz also coached the NFL′s New York Jets in 1976.
Off the field, Holtz has written multiple books – from his autobiography "Wins, Losses, and Lessons: An Autobiography" to "Winning Every Day: The Game Plan for Success." His books aren′t about football strategy; they′re about heartfelt life plans for anyone, from graduate to businessman.