2019 Mississippi College
Dr. Don Phillips Athletics Dinner Featuring

Lou Holtz

Join us for a celebration of Choctaw athletics featuring football coach Lou Holtz.

Event Details

The annual Mississippi College Athletics Dinner has become the most important night of the year for the athletic department. Over the past 15 years, the Choctaws athletics dinners have raised more than $2 million, including more than $205,000 last year.

The money raised at this event has always made a huge impact on the athletic department, and the support will continue to be vital as the Choctaws and Lady Choctaws look to compete in the GSC and on a national level. This year, Mississippi College is welcoming football coach Lou Holtz as our featured speaker.

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6:30 p.m.

November 19, 2019

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Anderson Hall

Mississippi College

Featured Speaker

Lou Holtz

Lou Holtz has established himself as one of the most successful college football coaches of all time. Born Louis Leo Holtz on January 6, 1937, Holtz grew up in East Liverpool, Ohio, just up the Ohio River from his Follansbee, West Virginia birthplace. He graduated from East Liverpool High School, earned a Bachelor of Science degree in history from Kent State in 1959 and a Master’s degree from Iowa in arts and education in 1961. He played linebacker at Kent State for two seasons before an injury ended his career. He has received numerous honorary doctorate degrees.

Holtz is the only coach in the history of college football to:

  1. Take six different teams to a bowl game.
  2. Win five bowl games with different teams.
  3. Have have four different college teams ranked in the final Top 20 poll.

Despite never inheriting a winning team, he compiled a 243-127-7 career record that ranked him third in victories among active coaches and eighth in winning percentage. His 12 career postseason bowl victories ranked him fifth on the all-time list. Holtz was recently selected for the College Football Hall of Fame, class of 2008, which places him in an elite group of just over 800 individuals in the history of football who have earned this distinction. Approximately 1 in 5,000 people who played college football or coached it make it into the Hall of Fame.

The Follansbee, West Virginia, native became the 25th head coach of Notre Dame following two seasons at Minnesota (1984-85), seven at Arkansas (1977-83), four at North Carolina State (1972-75) and three at William & Mary (1969-71). He spent the 1976 season as head coach of the New York Jets of the National Football League. Twenty-one of the 26 collegiate teams under his direction have earned post-season bowl invitations and 14 have finished in the final AP top 20, eight in the top 10 (not including the 1995 finish in that category).

Until 2014, Holtz was a college football studio analyst on ESPN. He appeared on ESPNews, ESPN College GameDay programs, SportsCenter, and served as an onsite analyst for college football games. Coach Holtz is currently in his second year with SiriusXM Radio as a Co-Host for two sports programs; a golf show broadcast throughout the year entitled, “Holtz In One,” two weekly college football shows during season. His newest show is “The Crowd’s Line College Football Show with Lou Holtz and Mark May”.

Holtz has authored three New York Times bestselling books: The Fighting Spirit that chronicled Notre Dame’s 1988 championship season; Winning Everyday: A Game Plan for Success (August 1998), which has been published in several languages. His latest book, which was released in February, 2019, is Three Rules for Living a Good Life: A Game Plan for After Graduation.

Holtz served as an officer in the U.S. Army. Married to Beth Barcus of East Liverpool on July 22, 1961, Holtz and his wife are the parents of four children, grandparents to nine children, and currently reside in Orlando, Florida.

Lou Holtz

Lou Holtz is the best coach I have ever known. He is successful simply because of the standards and expectations he has of himself and those around him, and these are never compromised.”

Rick Minter
Defensive Coordinator, Birmingham Iron


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  • Private pre-dinner visit
  • 12 complimentary tickets
  • 4 reserved parking passes
  • Preferred Seating


  • Private pre-dinner visit
  • 8 complimentary tickets
  • 3 reserved parking passes
  • Preferred Seating


  • 8 complimentary tickets
  • Preferred Seating


  • 8 complimentary tickets


  • Individual Ticket