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2023 Grand Marshal


Lou Holtz 

Lou Holtz

Lou Holtz is one of the most successful college football coaches of all time, having been born in 1937 and graduating from East Liverpool High School, Kent State, and Iowa with a Bachelor of Science, Masters' degree, and several honorary doctorate degrees.


Lou Holtz is an esteemed college football coach who has achieved remarkable success, including taking 6 teams to bowl games, winning 5 bowl games with different teams, and having 4 teams ranked in the final Top 20 poll. He was recently inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame, having compiled a 243-127-7 career record and 12-career postseason bowl victories. Holtz began his head-coaching career in 1969 and has since worked at various teams, including the New York Jets, and under respected coaches such as Forest Evashevski and Woody Hayes.

Notre Dame

Lou Holtz is a legendary football coach, having achieved great success at William & Mary, North Carolina State, Arkansas, Minnesota, and Notre Dame. He is renowned for his ability to turn pretenders into contenders and for his impressive record of defeating highly ranked opponents in bowl games. During his 11 seasons at Notre Dame, Holtz recorded more victories than the number accumulated by Parseghian, Rockne or Leahy in their first 11 years on the job, including a consensus national championship and the longest winning streak in Notre Dame history. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2008 and is the 2008 recipient of the Notre Dame Monogram Club’s highest honor, the Moose Krause Distinguished Service Award.

Sports Analyst

Lou Holtz is a college football analyst who has worked with ESPN since 2014, and is currently a co-host for two sports programs on SiriusXM Radio, including "Holtz In One" and "The Crowd's Line College Football Show with Lou Holtz and Mark May".

Author and More

Lou Holtz is a renowned author, motivational speaker, philanthropist, and football coach who has been honored with numerous awards, including the Walter Camp Football Foundation's Man of the Year in 1998 and the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2020. He has written three New York Times best-selling books, produced four motivational videos, and established the Holtz Charitable Foundation to provide scholarships to trade schools in his hometown. Additionally, he opened the Lou Holtz Upper Ohio Valley Hall of Fame to recognize accomplishments and contributions of people in the Upper Ohio Valley.


Holtz served as an officer in the U.S. Army. Married to Beth Barcus of East Liverpool on July 22, 1961 until she passed June 30,2020. Holtz and his wife are the parents of four children, grandparents to nine children, and he currently reside in Orlando, Florida.

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