La. Tech tapping Skip Holtz as new coach

Skip Holtz wasn’t without a head coaching job for long.

He was introduced as Louisiana Tech’s new coach Friday, less

than two weeks after he was fired by South Florida .

Holtz replaces Sonny Dykes, who left to accept the head coaching

job at California last week. Louisiana Tech went 9-3 under Dykes

this season, with a potent offense that averaged 51 points and 578

yards per game, but was surprisingly left without a bowl bid after

balking at an early invitation to the Independence Bowl.

”I am tremendously excited for the opportunity to build on what

coach Dykes started and to lead this great team forward,” Holtz

said. ”This is a football program with outstanding student

athletes, a history of winning and optimism in the future.”

The 48-year-old Holtz is the son of Hall of Fame coach Lou

Holtz, who is known most for his long and successful stint at Notre


The younger Holtz is coming off a 3-9 2012 campaign at South

Florida, where he was 16-21 in three seasons.

Holtz is 88-71 overall in 13 seasons at Connecticut, East

Carolina and USF. During Holtz’s stint at East Carolina, the

Pirates won back-to-back Conference USA titles in 2008 and


”I am extremely excited about the opportunity to have a coach

of the caliber and experience of Skip Holtz leading our football

program into the future,” Louisiana Tech President Dan Reneau

said. ”The success he has had throughout his career as a head

coach is solid and will offer a unique opportunity for our

student-athletes to learn from one of the best.”