Top five Notre Dame Fighting Irish football coaches of all-time
IrishCentral runs down the list of top play-callers in the program’s history
4. Lou Holz (1986-1996)
Known these days as a popular college football commentator on ESPN, Holz was the best coach for the blue and gold in recent years.
Like Parseghian, Lou adopted a team that was stuck in the doldrums and absent from the national stage. Holz led the Fighting Irish to one undefeated season (1988) and three one loss seasons on his way to a 100-32-2 career record in South Bend. His teams appeared in nine bowl games over his eleven years.
Holz secured one championship in 1988 with a Fiesta Bowl victory and was elected to the college football player hall of fame in 2008.
5. Dan Devine (1975-80)
You may best know him as the bitter antagonist to the loveable player who could, “Rudy” Rudigger in the Movie of the same name. His crowning achievement came in 1977 with a Joe Montana-led 1977 championship. While at South Bend Devine accumulated a 53-16-1 and four bowl appearances. He was inducted into the college football hall of fame in 1977.
Can Brian Kelly be the next Lou Holz or Ara Persehgian? Or will he wind up being the second coming of Gerry Faust? Only time will tell.
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