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Coach Lou Holtz the Keynote Speaker for 2017 Hope Center Celebration!

Due to unforeseen circumstances, Jenna Bush Hager was unavailable to be the keynote speaker for the 15th annual Hope Center Celebration as originally...

Due to unforeseen circumstances, Jenna Bush Hager was unavailable to be the keynote speaker for the 15th annual Hope Center Celebration as originally planned.  However, the staff of the Hope Center were pleased that legendary football coach and former ESPN Analyst, Lou Holtz, came to Greeneville for this year’s Hope Center Celebration on Tuesday, September 19th at the General Morgan Inn.

Coach Holtz is one of the most celebrated and accomplished coaches in sports history. 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. He is the only coach in NCAA history to lead six different programs to bowl games and the only coach to guide four different programs to the final top 20 rankings.  His 12 career postseason bowl victories ranked him fifth on the all-time list.  He has been inducted to the College Football Hall of Fame, class of 2008, placing him in an elite group of just over 800 individuals.

Holtz brought his experience and charisma to ESPN as an analyst for the network’s college football coverage from 2004 – 2015. He has appeared on ESPNews, ESPN College GameDay programs, SportsCenter, and served as on on-site analyst for college football games.  He is also the author of three New York Times best-selling books Winning Every Day: A Game Plan for Success, The Fighting Spirit: A Championship Season at Notre Dame and Wins, Losses, and Lessons: An Autobiography.

Coach Holtz 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 was married to Beth Barcus of East Liverpool on July 22, 1961.  They have four children, nine grandchildren, and currently reside in Orlando, Florida.

The Hope Center is a crisis pregnancy and resource center located in Greene County. It provides services to families in need through its distribution of baby supplies, free parenting classes, free nutrition classes, free counseling and a 24-hour Hopeline. Their goal is to help clients become better parents and more productive members of our community.

All proceeds from the benefit dinner support the Hope Center, which operates entirely on donations.

For more information about the Hope Center Celebration, to donate, or to receive help from the center, call 423.638.5433.


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