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A new era begins for LA Tech football

December 20, 2012

Louisiana Tech’s new head coach Skip Holtz gives a speech at his first press conference as a Bulldog Dec. 14. – Photo by Derek J. Amaya

Coach Skip Holtz takes the reins

 

DEREK J. AMAYA
Associate Managing Editor

 

More than a hundred fans, staff members and media members sat around the empty podium anxiously waiting the announcement of the new head coach of the Louisiana Tech Football team in the Jarrell Room of the Charles Wyly Athletic Center.

 

Losing the conference championship, not making a bowl game and the departure of former head coach Sonny Dykes to University of California caused an uproar by many LA Tech fans.

 

Bulldog fans got a glimmer of new hope after Tech President Dr. Dan Reneau announced Friday the search committee selected former University of South Florida coach Skip Holtz as the 33rd head football coach of the dogs.

 

“I am tremendously excited for the opportunity to build on what coach Dykes started and to lead this great team forward,” Holtz said. “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.”

 

This will be the third stop for Holtz as head coach. He previously coached at the University of Connecticut, East Carolina University, where he won back-to-back Conference USA titles, and South Florida.

 

“This is a football program with outstanding student athletes, a history of winning and optimism in the future,” Holtz said. “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.”

 

Reneau, who retires in July, said it is a good addition to the Tech family and a great first head coach for president-elect Les Guice.

 

“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,” 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.”

 

Guice said he feels the football program will continue its success as the Bulldogs move into Conference USA.

 

“Coach Holtz is a talented coach with a solid record of success and experience,” Guice said. “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.”

 

Holtz said he is aiming for his third conference championship ring with his new team and is looking forward to working with the young Tech football team.

 

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