The coach who took over a foundering Notre Dame football program and restored it to glory with two national championships in 11 seasons has died
Ara Parseghian, who took over a foundering Notre Dame football program and restored it to glory with two national championships in 11 seasons, has died. He was 94.
The University of Notre Dame president, Rev John Jenkins, announced in a statement that Parseghian succumbed at home at 1.30 am on Wednesday.
Parseghian had recently returned to his home in Granger, Indiana, after spending more than a week in a nursing care facility in South Bend. He was treated for an infection in his surgically repaired hip, and was still receiving round-the-clock care at home.
Among his many accomplishments, we will recollect him above all as a teacher, leader and mentor who brought out the very best in his players, on and off the field, Jenkins said. He continued to demonstrate that leadership by raising millions of research dollars attempting a remedy for the terrible disease that took the well-being of three of his grandchildren. Whenever we asked for Aras assist at Notre Dame, he was there.
Parseghian and the Irish won titles in 1966 and 1973, but he abruptly retired after the 1974 season at age 51 with a record of 95 -1 7-4. He said he was worn out and ready for a change.
Parseghian, Knute Rockne and Frank Leahy are the only Irish coach-and-fours to result the storied program to more than one national championship. His. 836 winning percentage puts him third on Notre Dames coaching listing behind fellow College Football Hall of Famers Rockne (. 881) and Leahy (. 855 ). Only Rockne( 105, 1918 -3 0) and Lou Holtz( 100, 1986 -9 6) won more total games at Notre Dame.
Parseghians Irish also finished No2 in 1970, No3 in 1964, were ranked in the top 10 in nine days and never finished ranked lower than No14. The Irish never lost back-to-back regular-season games under Parseghian.
Parseghian started his coaching career at Miami University, his alma mater, and then expended eight seasons leading Northwestern. He came to Notre Dame in 1964, with the Irish having gone five seasons without a winning record. Parseghian didnt simply revive Notre Dame football. He attained Opposing Irish fans believe in the program again. He subsequently became a powerful proponent and fundraiser in the fight against rare diseases.
Parseghian resulted Notre Dame to national championships in two different decades, restoring the splendor to what had been college footballs most glamorous franchise in one of its most important era. He began his tenure in South Bend with an impromptu pep rally that depicted 2,000 students to the steps of a residence hall and eventually persuaded Notre Dame to aim its longstanding policy against playing in bowl games.
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