Coaching Candidate #4

As names start to clear for the head coaching job at the University of Cincinnati we take a look at our third coaching candidate.

Skip Holtz

Age - 45

East Carolina

Overall Record – 62-45

Everyone knows who Skip Holtz is and it's easy to see why his name continues to come up in different coaching searches.

The son of Lou Holtz has done things with and without his father over the years and while results have varied no one can claim the current head coach at East Carolina hasn't work his way or earned his way to his current position.

While many know the story of Rudy it's Holtz who lived a lot of the same life as he had to earn his way into Notre Dame by attending Holy Cross College before being accepted into the school his father was soon to coach.

While he only played one season at Notre Dame the experience made him eager to start his coaching career with Bobby Bowden at Florida State. Since that start Holtz has worked his way from the south, west and back to the east having made stops at Colorado State, Notre Dame, Connecticut, South Carolina and East Carolina.

With nine years of head coaching experience Holtz has seen moderate success with an overall record of 76-48. He helped Connecticut build its program at the I-AA level before going to work with his father at South Carolina.

At South Carolina the younger Holtz saw his responsibilities go from offensive coordinator to that of quarterback coach as the older Holtz saw his team struggle. When his father Lou retired new head coach Steve Spurrier released Holtz and other staff members leaving Skip looking for employment.

With no shortage of schools looking to hire him, Skip Holtz was named head coach at East Carolina in 2004 as remains head coach at this time.

Holtz has an overall record of 38-26 after five seasons with his team going 9-4 this season and a bowl game ahead of them after winning their second consecutive Conference USA Championships.

One thing known about Holtz is that any programs were the younger Holtz is coaching gets lots of television coverage as his father continues his work at ESPN during the college season. But is Skip Holtz the right guy for the job?

Holtz uses multiple schemes on both sides of the football and his offense had an overall offensive ranking of 68 while his defense came in 75-th in the country for the 2009 season.

Can Skip Holtz keep the program moving up in stature? That will be a question only Mike Thomas can answer.


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