Former Notre Dame coach Ara Parseghian, coach of two national-title winning teams for the Irish, died early Wednesday morning. He was 94
Our entire program mourns the loss of one of the pillars of our University, Coach Ara Parseghian. pic.twitter.com/nXS3xyei05
— Notre Dame Football (@NDFootball) August 2, 2017
We mourn the loss of legendary Northwestern head coach Ara Parseghian. Rest in peace, coach. pic.twitter.com/Y9niNTEPWo
— #B1GCats Football (@NUFBFamily) August 2, 2017
Parseghian had a record of 170-58-6 as a head coach at Miami (Ohio), Northwestern and Notre Dame. He was 95-17-4 with the Irish and his teams were declared the 1966 and 1973 national champions.
“Notre Dame mourns the loss of a legendary football coach, a beloved member of the Notre Dame family and good man — Ara Parseghian,” Notre Dame president Rev. John Jenkins said in a statement. “Among his many accomplishments, we will remember him above all as a teacher, leader and mentor who brought out the very best in his players, on and off the field.
“He continued to demonstrate that leadership by raising millions of research dollars seeking a cure for the terrible disease that took the lives of three of his grandchildren. Whenever we asked for Ara’s help at Notre Dame, he was there.”
After five years at Miami (Ohio) and eight at Northwestern, he coached at Notre Dame from 1964-1974 and later served as a college football analyst for ABC and CBS. Parseghian was also depicted in the 1993 movie Rudy, about Notre Dame walk-on Rudy Ruettiger. The walk-on joined the team in 1974, Parseghian’s final season at Notre Dame.