• Wins, Losses, and Lessons

  • An Autobiography
  • By: Lou Holtz
  • Narrated by: Lou Holtz
  • Length: 5 hrs and 42 mins
  • Abridged
  • Release date: 09-05-06
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: HarperAudio
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.7 (282 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Few people in the history of college sports have been more influential or had a bigger impact than Lou Holtz. Winner of the three national Coach of the Year honors, the only coach ever to lead six different schools to season-ending bowl games, and the ninth-winningest coach in college football history, Holtz is still teaching and coaching, although he is no longer on the gridiron. In his most telling work to date, the man still known as "Coach" by all who cross his path reveals what motivated a rail-thin 135-pound kid with marginal academic credentials and a pronounced speech impediment to play and coach college football, and to become one of the most sought-after motivational speakers in history. With unflinching honesty and his trademark dry wit, Holtz goes deep, giving us the intimate details of the people who shaped his life and the decisions he would make that shaped the lives of so many others.
His is a storied career, and Holtz provides a frank and inside look at the challenges he overcame to turn around the programs at William and Mary, North Carolina State, Arkansas, and Minnesota. From growing up in East Liverpool, Ohio, to his early days as a graduate assistant at the University of Iowa, to his national championship runs at Notre Dame and his final seasons on the sidelines in South Carolina, Lou Holtz gives his best, a poignant, funny, and instructive look into a life well lived.
©2006 Lou Holtz (P)2006 HarperCollins Publishers
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4 out of 5 stars
By James on 04-30-12

great story about an incredibly successful coach

Would you listen to Wins, Losses, and Lessons again? Why?

yes, interesting career

Did Lou Holtz do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

Not sure that Lou was the best candidate to read the book.

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5 out of 5 stars
By PWS on 04-02-12

Great story for all to hear

What made the experience of listening to Wins, Losses, and Lessons the most enjoyable?

Hearing the story in his own voice with the passion and recollection made this worth while. I am not a huge football fan and was not familiar with a lot of Lou's career details but found the matter-of-fact approach he took to each new team fascinating

What was one of the most memorable moments of Wins, Losses, and Lessons?

The story of how he was fired abruptly from Arkansas and never knew why. He still managed to quickly turn this around into a positive experience

What does Lou Holtz bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Hearing his voice lets you better understand his speech difficulties

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The story of his retirement, Beth's health scare, and his subsequent return to coaching

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