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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:
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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.”


  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by 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 by 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 by 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 by Jenny Moon | 12/16/2013

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

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