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.”