WILKES-BARRE — Lou Holtz, who led the University of Notre Dame to a national championship and who is the only person in the history of college football to coach six teams to post-season bowl games, will deliver the address at the 70th annual commencement of King’s College.
Exercises are set for 2 p.m. Sunday, May 19, at Mohegan Sun Arena.
Holtz will also receive an honorary doctorate from King’s at the ceremony at which more than 400 students are expected to receive either a bachelor’s or master’s degree.
“Coach Holtz is very familiar with the Congregation of Holy Cross and the ethos of a Holy Cross education,” said Father John Ryan, C.S.C., King’s president. “He is a national figure who respects, appreciates, and supports Catholic education and he is a thoughtful, inspiring, and entertaining presenter.”
Notre Dame and King’s were both founded and are both administered by the Congregation of Holy Cross.
An inductee to the College Football Hall of Fame in 2008, Holtz coached his teams to 249 wins despite never inheriting a team that had a winning record the previous season.
He was head coach of William & Mary, North Carolina State, Arkansas, Minnesota, Notre Dame, and South Carolina.
Holtz, 81, coached teams to 23 bowl appearances, including nine consecutive bowl games with Notre Dame.
In addition to his coaching experience, Holtz has covered college football for CBS, ESPN, and Sirius Radio. He has authored several best-selling books and has been a renowned motivational speaker.
Holtz and wife Beth formed the Holtz Charitable Foundation Inc., a non-profit established to assist economic development in East Liverpool, Ohio, where the couple grew up and attended high school.
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