Louisiana Tech University President Dr. Dan Reneau introduced former University of South Florida coach Skip Holtz as the 33rd head football coach at Louisiana Tech during a press conference Friday in the Jarrell Room of the Charles Wyly Athletic Center.
Holtz had spent the past three seasons as the head football coach at the University of South Florida. He has also served as the head coach at the University of Connecticut and East Carolina University where he won back-to-back Conference USA titles with the Pirates in 2008 and 2009. He also led his teams to five consecutive post-season bowl games between 2006 and 2010.
"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," said Reneau. "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."
"It's a privilege to welcome Coach Holtz and his family to Louisiana Tech and to the Louisiana Tech Family."
Holtz was hired following a national search led by Louisiana Tech President-Elect Dr. Les Guice. He takes over for former head coach Sonny Dykes who resigned last week to accept the head coaching job at the University of California. Holtz's hire is pending approval from the University of Louisiana System's Board of Supervisors.
The entire search committee comprised of Dr. James Liberatos, chair of the Athletics Council and faculty athletics representative, and dean of the College of Applied and Natural Sciences; Steve Davison, Athletics Council member and Louisiana Tech alumnus; Bruce Van De Velde, athletics director; Dr. Jim King, vice president for student affairs; Dr. Terry McConathy, vice president for academic affairs; and William Dearmon, student government president, assisted Guice in the identification and vetting of candidates.
"Coach Holtz is a talented coach with a solid record of success and experience," said Guice. "He has great knowledge of the game, tremendous character, exceptional leadership abilities, and a professional approach that will serve him well as head coach at Louisiana Tech.
"I am confident that Coach Holtz can continue the positive trajectory of our football program as we move into Conference USA and our fans can expect to see an exciting brand of football."
Holtz has participated in 15 postseason games in his coaching career, including seven as a head coach and eight as an assistant coach. Of the seven games as head coach, five occurred in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) and two occurred in the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS).
"I am tremendously excited for the opportunity to build on what Coach Dykes started and to lead this great team forward," said Holtz. "This is a football program with outstanding student athletes, a history of winning and optimism in the future. In my conversations with the administration and search committee, it became clear that we share the same goal: to achieve a consistent record of excellence and a national reputation for winning with integrity.
"We also share the same values of loyalty and community. That's why I'm so pleased to be to be joining Louisiana Tech – an institution of enormous pride and spirit that shares that pride with the University family, its alumni, and the surrounding community and state. I'm honored to be part of the Bulldogs family and I'm ready to get to work."