Trine University has announced a master's offering named after a legendary college football coach. The Lou Holtz Master of Science in Leadership Program features courses that use the current football analyst's book as a teaching tool. Holtz has been a member of the Trine University Board of Trustees since August 2011. October 8, 2013

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ANGOLA, Ind. – Legendary football coach, ESPN analyst and Trine University trustee Lou Holtz has put his name and proven leadership style on Trine’s Lou Holtz Master of Science in Leadership (MSL) Program.

“Coach Holtz has been a friend and supporter of Trine University and we’re proud to teach and follow his amazing leadership style in our MSL Program,” said Earl D. Brooks II, Trine president. “His leadership abilities are visionary and we’re eager to make our already strong program even better with input from him and the addition of new concentrations.”

The leadership core courses feature the use and reading of Holtz’s book “Winning Every Day.” In addition, the curriculum follows Holtz’s three roles that are deemed the cornerstones of effective, visionary and inspiring leadership: 1. Do right 2. Do the best you can 3. Show people you care. The book is one of several penned by Holtz that focus on successful strategies for life.

“That leadership style incorporates well with our School of Professional Studies because we pride ourselves on providing personal attention as we guide adult learners to the next chapter in their careers,” said Nancy Steigmeyer, who became director of the MSL Program in early July. “The goal of the MSL Program is to offer real-world experience to ensure our graduates are work ready and able to solve challenges.”

New concentrations in the MSL Program are business administration, finance and human resource management. Trine will also continue to offer concentrations in:

• Biomedical regulatory affairs

• Healthcare system studies

• Instructional leadership – higher education

• International studies

• Nonprofit organizational studies

• Sport Management

• Strategic Foresight and Entrepreneurship

• Sustainable and Environmental Management

“The new concentrations mesh well with the needs of regional employers,” Steigmeyer said. “This program offers diversity and is accelerated with class schedules to meet the needs of working adults – it’s a winning proposition for adults who wish to advance their careers.”

And winning is one factor that sets Holtz apart. He’s known for leading the storied Fighting Irish of Notre Dame football team to the 1988 national championship and compiling an overall record of 100-32-2 from 1986 to 1996. In 2009, he was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame, and he holds the Irish record for most games coached. In fact, he’s second only to Knute Rockne in total victories.

In 2004, he joined ESPN as an analyst and commentator, a position he maintains today.

Holtz joined Trine’s Board of Trustees in August 2011 and delivered the commencement address that May. “This is a top-notch institution, and I want to be a part of Trine′s future,” Holtz said when he joined the Trine board.

For more information about Trine University’s Lou Holtz Master of Science in Leadership Program, visit or contact Steigmeyer at or 260.490.8219.

Trine University, an internationally recognized, private, co-educational, residential institution, offers associate, baccalaureate, and master degrees in programs to students in engineering, mathematics, science, informatics, 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 21 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 450-acre main campus in Angola, Ind., and education resource centers throughout Indiana, Arizona and Michigan.Source: Trine University

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