Former Notre Dame Coach Lou Holtz Offers Advice About Life, Faith During King’s College Graduation

May 20, 2019

WILKES-BARRE TWP. — Former Notre Dame football coach Lou Holtz addressed the King’s College class of 2019 at the Mohegan Sun Arena on Sunday, urging graduates to hold onto their faith and to lead productive, meaningful lives.

Holtz, who led the University of Notre Dame to its most recent national collegiate football championship following the 1989 season, received a standing ovation from the crowd after urging the graduates to have compassion and to always do the right thing.

“There’s never a right time to do the wrong thing, and there’s never a wrong time to do the right thing,” Holtz said.

During a roughly 15-minute speech, Holtz told attendees he is a “simple individual” whose faith in God helped him overcome life’s challenges.

“You’re never going to get to a point where you don’t have problems,” Holtz told the more than 400 students at the arena to receive their bachelor’s or master’s degrees. “Learn to handle them and cope with them.”

He also urged the graduates not to needlessly complicate life.

“There’s only seven musical notes. Look what Beethoven did with seven musical notes. There’s only 10 numbers. Look what Bernie Madoff did with 10 numbers!” Holtz said, drawing laughs from the crowd.

Holtz, who is the only person in the history of college football to coach six teams to post-season bowl games, urged the graduates to do everything to the best of their ability and to show others they care. He also advised them to discover their calling in life and to do their best to help others be successful as well.

“Don’t just be successful,” Holtz said. “Be significant.”

After the speech, King’s College officials awarded Holtz an honorary doctorate degree.

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