Lou Holtz is one of the most successful college football coaches of all-time, with 243 career wins and 12 bowl victories, ranking him fifth on the all-time list. During his time as the head coach of the Notre Dame Fight Irish, Holtz brought the team to the national spotlight and emphasized playing as a team. In his first season as coach Holtz removed player names from jerseys to increase team effort. Holtz’s impact on the Notre Dame football program has permanently transformed the school into a perennial powerhouse with a storied tradition of excellence on and off the field.
Holtz coached 132 games in 11 seasons at Notre Dame and guided his teams to an overall record of 100-32-2 as he holds the Irish record for most games coached and is second to Knute Rockne in total victories. Holtz led Notre Dame to the 1988 national championship and remains 11th on the NCAA all-time win list for Division I-A coaches. Holtz took his Notre Dame teams to nine straight New Year's Day bowl games from 1987 through '95 and coached the Irish to finishes of sixth or better in the final Associated Press poll in five seasons. Holtz was named the national coach of the year in 1988 by several organizations and saw his team play the most difficult schedule in the country three different years. Holtz had a 32-20-2 mark against teams ranked in the Associated Press top 25 during his career. In his second season, Holtz led the Fighting Irish to an appearance in the Cotton Bowl Classic, where the Irish lost to the Texas A&M Aggies, 35–10. The following year, Notre Dame won all eleven of their regular season games and defeated the third-ranked West Virginia Mountaineers, 34–21, in the Fiesta Bowl, claiming the national championship. The 1989 squad also won their first eleven games and set a school record with a 23-game winning streak and remained in the No. 1 spot all season until losing to Miami in the season finale. A 21–6 win over Colorado in the Orange Bowl gave the Irish a second-place ranking in the final standings, as well as back-to-back 12-win seasons for the first time in school history. Holtz's 1993 Irish team ended the season with an 11–1 record and ranked second in the final AP poll.
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