Louis Leo Holtz was born on 6 January 1937, in Follansbee, West Virginia, USA. He is a former American Football player, coach, and analyst, best known for being the coach of various colleges including the North Carolina State University, University of South Carolina, and the University of Notre Dame. He also coached the National Football League’s (NFL) New York Jets, and all of his efforts helped put is net worth to where it is today.
How rich is Lou Holtz? As of mid-2016, sources estimate a net worth that is at $4 million, mostly earned through his success as a football coach. Aside from this, he’s also become a well-known radio and television personality, often working as an analyst or motivational speaker. He’s also been inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame, and all of these have ensured the position of his wealth.
Lou Holtz Net Worth $4 million
Lou attended and matriculated from East Liverpool High School, and then went on to attend Kent State University. There he played college football mainly as a line backer, before graduating with a degree in History during 1959. Prior to graduating, he also trained under the Reserve Officer Training Corps. After school, he started a career in coaching, becoming a graduate assistant while studying for his master’s degree. He worked as an assistant coach for various schools and most notably helped Ohio State win a national championship during this time.
His first head coaching job was in 1969 for The College of William & Mary. After a year with them, he helped the team get to the South Conference title and the Tangerine Bowl. In 1972, he became the coach of North Carolina State University and compiled a 33-12-3 record during his four seasons with them. He was then given an opportunity to coach a season with the New York Jets in 1976, but after a losing record of 3-10, he resigned from the team and went back to college football, this time becoming the head coach of the University of Arkansas, and giving the team a good 60-21-2 record during his seven year stay there. He also helped the team reach six bowl games and get a win against the Oklahoma Sooners in the 1978 Orange Bowl. His net worth was rising steadily.
In 1983 he was fired from the team due to internal tensions, and he was then hired by the University of Minnesota the following season. The Golden Gophers were having difficulty during their first seasons with him, but Holtz helped them to a winning record in 1985 which led to an eventual win at the Independence Bowl. The following year, he went to Notre Dame and was responsible for removing names on the team’s jerseys to focus on teamwork, a practice they still hold today. During his second season with the team, Holtz helped them get to the Cotton Bowl Classic and they would eventually become the national champions. Their strength would continue the following year with an 11-1 record, and during his stay with the team they appeared in bowl games for nine consecutive seasons.
After the 1996 season, Lou decided to retire for undisclosed reasons, then went on to become a CBS Sports commentator for two years, but then coming out of retirement to return to the University of South Carolina as a coach. His team started taking off during his second season, and it would become one of the best single-season turnarounds in NCAA history. Holtz tenure with the team was filled with struggles and mixed records, and eventually he retired for the second time after the 2004 season.
Lou would become a motivational speaker in the next few years. He would also publish several books, and then found work as a college football analyst for both ESPN and CBS Sports.
For his personal life, it is known that Lou married Beth Barcus in 1961 and they have four children, and their eldest son Skip became a head coach of college football as well. Holtz currently resides in Orlando, Florida.
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