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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (267 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Lou Holtz Narrator: Lou Holtz Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2006 ISBN: 9780061229367
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When I die and people realize that I will not be resurrected in three days, they will forget me. That is the way it should be. For reasons known only to God, I was asked to write an autobiography. Most people who knew me growing up didn’t think I would ever read a book, let alone write one.—Lou Holtz

Few people in the history of college sports have been more influential or had a bigger impact than Lou Holtz. Winner of the three national Coach of the Year honors, the only coach ever to lead six different schools to season-ending bowl games, and the ninth-winningest coach in college football history, Holtz is still teaching and coaching, although he is no longer on the gridiron.

In his most telling work to date, the man still known as “Coach” reveals what motivated a rail-thin, 135-pound kid with marginal academic credentials and a pronounced speech impediment to play and coach college football, and to become one of the most sought-after motivational speakers in history. With unflinching honesty and his trademark dry wit, Holtz goes deep, giving us the intimate details of the people who shaped his life and the decisions he has made that have shaped the lives of so many others.

His is a storied career, and Holtz provides a frank and inside look at the challenges he overcame to turn around the programs at the College of William and Mary, North Carolina State University, the University of Arkansas, and the University of Minnesota. From growing up in East Liverpool, Ohio, to his early days as a graduate assistant at the University of Iowa, to his national championship runs at Notre Dame and his final seasons on the sidelines in South Carolina, Lou Holtz gives readers his best: a poignant, funny, and instructive look into a life well lived.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Compelling…Illuminating…Mr. Holtz’s experiences are a source of inspiration and instruction.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “Endearing…What stands out is his modesty and adamant belief that football is ultimately less important than education.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “He’s funny, has a nice sense of timing when he relates a humorous anecdote, and doesn’t seem to take himself too seriously. In fact, he emphasizes that the wins and losses don’t really matter, but he hopes he’ll be remembered as having played a significant role in the lives of those around him.”

    Booklist

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephen Canham | 12/28/2013

    " I certainly enjoyed many of Holtz's life philosophies. I have a lot more respect for him after reading the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gina Herald | 12/21/2013

    " A principled man who was gifted at identifying and bringing out the talent in others. I love great coaches and Lou is a great one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Geoff | 12/16/2013

    " A lot of funny stuff in this book and at least 2 really funny stories. Good read even if you're not a Notre Dame fan. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenny Moon | 12/16/2013

    " Worthwhile for the charm and wit, if not the literary value. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erik | 12/14/2013

    " I thought the book was funny I read it right after having heard him talk at a banquet. I thought he was hilarious so I read the book. It took an afternoon to read and it was a fun read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 12/3/2013

    " It was a good read. His childhood reminds me of my father. I think you'd need to enjoy football at least a little to enjoy the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karl | 12/3/2013

    " Not only is this book a good read and inspirational, but I highly recommend it for young athletes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christian Bugal | 12/1/2013

    " Inspiring. Honest. Sincere. Whether you're an Irish fan or not, this autobiography is sure to inspire. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Justyn | 11/28/2013

    " Oh, man, does this book stink. I love Coach Holtz, but he and his ghost writer are barely literate. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 daniela | 10/30/2013

    " My boss gave this to me, so I'm adding it to my "reading" shelf. Mostly I am reading "What is the What" though... and New York magazine... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bill | 4/12/2013

    " Uplifting and positive. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Aimee | 3/11/2013

    " A easy read for football or ND fans. Lou is passionate yet has maintained his principals and integrity...seems hard to do in sport careers. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Randy | 8/25/2012

    " Who doesn't love Lou? Half the book is about the '68 season at Ohio State working for Woody, and why shouldn't it be? It was there he entered the land of the giants, and worked for one of the greatest. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dave | 8/10/2012

    " Good book. Full of personal experiences about character traits Coach Holtz learned. Not a whole lot of football, actually. Any guy would like it but I think any parent would too. Some solid advice on how to raise a child and how to guide one's life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jerry Della | 4/22/2012

    " Autobiography. Told in same inspiring way that Holtz is known to speak - entertaining, thought provoking, interesting, and informative. Well done. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 4/12/2012

    " This book has some great lessons and life philosophies. The detailed football accounts weren't as interesting to me, but I learned a lot about football coaching! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dan | 3/19/2012

    " Lou Holtz, though not very good as an ESPN analyst, gives a tremendous account of his life spent coaching. He is open about his faith and is another great example of coaching through encouragement and not fear. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeff | 12/20/2011

    " I love stories about little guys from little Ohio small towns making it big. I could never reach the same heights Coach has, but I can only hope to be an inspiration on anybody the way he has on thousands of people "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tom | 11/22/2011

    " Excellent book if you Notre Dame and Lou Holtz fan. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ruthmarie | 9/9/2011

    " Love that Lou! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nancy | 4/26/2011

    " Lou Holtz is a great coach and a good man. This book really brings home the old fashioned values of honor, honesty, and respect "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gina | 4/19/2011

    " A principled man who was gifted at identifying and bringing out the talent in others. I love great coaches and Lou is a great one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 9/9/2010

    " This book has some great lessons and life philosophies. The detailed football accounts weren't as interesting to me, but I learned a lot about football coaching! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tom | 8/7/2010

    " Excellent book if you Notre Dame and Lou Holtz fan. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Geoff | 9/10/2009

    " A lot of funny stuff in this book and at least 2 really funny stories. Good read even if you're not a Notre Dame fan. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bigdaddrock | 7/18/2009

    " Autobiography. Told in same inspiring way that Holtz is known to speak - entertaining, thought provoking, interesting, and informative. Well done. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dave | 6/1/2009

    " Good book. Full of personal experiences about character traits Coach Holtz learned. Not a whole lot of football, actually. Any guy would like it but I think any parent would too. Some solid advice on how to raise a child and how to guide one's life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeff | 2/3/2009

    " I love stories about little guys from little Ohio small towns making it big. I could never reach the same heights Coach has, but I can only hope to be an inspiration on anybody the way he has on thousands of people "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Justyn | 12/31/2008

    " Oh, man, does this book stink. I love Coach Holtz, but he and his ghost writer are barely literate. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erik | 12/22/2008

    " I thought the book was funny I read it right after having heard him talk at a banquet. I thought he was hilarious so I read the book. It took an afternoon to read and it was a fun read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dan | 10/30/2008

    " Lou Holtz, though not very good as an ESPN analyst, gives a tremendous account of his life spent coaching. He is open about his faith and is another great example of coaching through encouragement and not fear. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephen | 10/19/2008

    " I certainly enjoyed many of Holtz's life philosophies. I have a lot more respect for him after reading the book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nancy | 9/16/2008

    " Lou Holtz is a great coach and a good man. This book really brings home the old fashioned values of honor, honesty, and respect "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Aimee | 9/9/2008

    " A easy read for football or ND fans. Lou is passionate yet has maintained his principals and integrity...seems hard to do in sport careers. "

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About the Author
Author Lou Holtz

Lou Holtz (1893–1980) was a vaudevillian, actor, and writer.

About the Narrator

After nearly three decades on the sidelines, Lou Holtz retired from coaching and now shares his strategies for success with Fortune 500 companies, groups, and organizations. He is the author of two bestsellers, The Fighting Spirit and Winning Every Day. He lives in Florida.