Notre Dame Coaching Great Ara Parseghian Dies

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(2014 image of Ara Parseghian courtesy of the University of Notre Dame) (2014 image of Ara Parseghian courtesy of the University of Notre Dame)

One of the biggest names in Notre Dame football history has died. Ara Parseghian, whose 11 seasons as head coach of the Fighting Irish included national championships in 1966 and 1973, retired from coaching in 1974. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1980. Parseghian was 94.

His overall record at Notre Dame was 95-17-4. His post-coaching career involved time as an ABC Sports color commentator from 1975-1981 and the next seven years as a college football analyst with CBS Sports.

Parseghian helped launch the Ara Parseghian Medical Research Foundation in 1994, which has raised more than $45 million to date for research of Niemann-Pick Type C Disease, a condition that took the young lives of three of his grandchildren. The university and the foundation formed a partnership in 2010 and last year, Notre Dame launched the Ara Parseghian Medical Research Fund.

Notre Dame says funeral arrangements are pending. You can connect to more about the life of Parseghian by clicking here.

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