updated: 2/22/2011 1:40:18 PM
Former University of Notre Dame Football Coach Lou Holtz will deliver the commencement speech to Trine University graduates in May. After his successful coaching career, Holtz continues to serve as a commentator for ESPN and as a motivational speaker. He has also written three New York Times bestselling books, which aren't about football strategy.
February 22, 2011
ANGOLA — Hall of Fame football coach Lou Holtz might share some previous words of wisdom, “Don’t be a spectator, don’t let life pass you by,” with graduates at Trine University’s 126th annual commencement ceremony May 7 in Hershey Hall on the school’s main campus in Angola.
After a successful coaching career, Holtz now serves as a commentator on ESPN and a motivational speaker. He also has written three New York Times bestselling books.
In addition to encouraging and advising graduates, Holtz will tell stories from his college football glory days at Notre Dame. In his 11 years at the school, from 1985 to 1996, the Fighting Irish captured a national championship and chalked up a 23-game winning streak that ranks as the longest in the school’s history.
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.
“Your talent determines what you can do. Your motivation determines how much you are willing to do. Your attitude determines how well you can do it,” Holtz writes in the first pages of “Winning Every Day.”
Holtz’s common-sense approach to life is seen throughout his books and on television. He currently serves as a college football studio analyst for the fall and makes frequent appearances on ESPN programs.
“Coach Holtz’s gift of coaching is present on and off the field. He is a motivator and a teacher,” said Trine University president Earl D. Brooks II, Ph.D. “His sharing of experiences leading to his successful career will speak to our outstanding graduates who will soon be entering a world where work ethic, attitude and perseverance are everything. We hope they will take his motivational message to heart and apply it to their education for success in their future endeavors.”
Trine University, an internationally recognized, private, co-educational, residential institution, offers associate, baccalaureate, and master degrees in programs to students in engineering, mathematics, science, computer science, business, teacher education, communication, criminal justice, golf management, social sciences, and various other fields of study. Trine is a member of the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association and offers 22 varsity sports. Its golf program includes the university-owned 18-hole championship Zollner Golf Course. Founded in 1884 and accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, Trine operates a 400-acre main campus in Angola, Ind. with regional learning centers in Angola, Columbus, Fort Wayne, Logansport, Schererville, Indianapolis and South Bend/Mishawaka, Ind.
Source: Trine University