Skip Holtz begins his sixth season as Carolina's assistant head coach and will coach the quarterbacks in 2004. Skip continues to display his all-around abilities as a coach, remaining closely involved with the Gamecock offense in addition to handling a variety of duties as assistant head coach. Skip has worn several hats during his tenure with the Gamecocks, coaching the quarterbacks his first four seasons, before handling the tight ends a year ago. Skip will have several talented returnees to work with this fall, including returning starter and senior Dondrial Pinkins, redshirt freshman Blake Mitchell, sophomore Syvelle Newton, and senior Michael Rathe.
Pinkins threw for 2,127 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2003, and ranked seventh in the SEC in total offense, averaging 198.4 yards per contest. Mitchell hopes to benefit from the redshirt season, while Newton, who played receiver for Carolina a year ago, is a dual threat running and passing.
The Gamecocks ranked second in the SEC in rushing offense in 2001, and under his tutelage, senior Phil Petty developed into a winning SEC quarterback, leading Carolina to 17 victories in his last 23 starts, including back-to-back Outback Bowl wins.
For his efforts during the 2001 season, Skip was recognized as one of the winners of the Assistant Coach of the Year Award by the All-American Football Foundation, and was presented with the award at the organization's annual banquet in Biloxi, Miss.
Skip came to USC after a successful five-year stint as head coach at the University of Connecticut. While at Connecticut he led the Huskies to their best season in school history in 1998 and is recognized as one of the top young coaching talents in the country.
Skip Holtz has been involved in developing high-powered and prolific offenses throughout his coaching career. In his last season at Connecticut, he led the Huskies to a school-record 10 victories and into the second round of the NCAA playoffs. His team ranked 11th nationally in scoring offense, averaging nearly 36 points per game. During his five years as head coach at UConn, Skip Holtz guided that program to national top 25 rankings the past four seasons and unprecedented success in the school's 100-year history of playing football.
Skip Holtz's move to USC is the second time in his career that he has worked under his father on the offensive staff. Skip combined forces with his father, Lou, at Notre Dame for four years. During the 1992 and 1993 seasons, Skip Holtz served as the offensive coordinator for the Fighting Irish.
During those years, he was in charge of one of the country's most potent offensive attacks - a period in which the Irish compiled a 21-2-1 record. The 1992 Notre Dame offense ranked third nationally in total offense, averaging better than 470 yards per game.
The 1993 Irish offense, despite the loss of All-American running backs Jerome Bettis and Reggie Brooks, ended the season ranked No. 9 in scoring offense (36.6 points per game). During Skip Holtz's two seasons as offensive coordinator at Notre Dame, the Irish offense averaged nearly 37 points per game.
Skip Holtz has also served on the coaching staffs at Florida State and Colorado State. In all, Skip Holtz has been involved in eight New Year's Day bowl games during his coaching career. Prior to coming to USC, the overall record of teams he had been associated with as an assistant coach was 67-15-2.
Born March 12, 1964, in Storrs, Connecticut, Skip Holtz spent the first two years of his life at UConn while his father served as the top football assistant on the Huskie staff from 1964-65. Skip was a scholastic quarterback at Fayetteville (Arkansas) High School, while his father was the head coach at the University of Arkansas.
He attended Holy Cross Junior College in South Bend, Ind., for two years before transferring to Notre Dame in 1984. He earned his Bachelor's degree in Business Management in 1986 and was a football letterwinner for the Irish in 1986, appearing in all 11 games as a special teams member and backup flanker. Skip and his wife, Jennifer, are the parents of three children: Louis Leo (Trey) Holtz III (9); Chad Fitzgerald Holtz (6); and Hailey Elizabeth Holtz (4).
THE SKIP HOLTZ FILE
Born: March 12, 1964
High School Education: Fayetteville (AR) HS
College Education: Notre Dame, 1986
College Football: Notre Dame (flanker, 1985-86)
College Coaching Career: Assistant Head Coach, South Carolina (1999-present); Head Coach, University of Connecticut (1994-98); Assistant Coach, Notre Dame (1990-93); Assistant Coach, Colorado State (1989); Assistant Coach, Florida State (1987-88)
College Bowl & Playoff Experience: 2002 Outback Bowl, 2001 Outback Bowl, 1998 I-AA Playoffs, 1993 Cotton Bowl, 1992 Cotton Bowl, 1991 Sugar Bowl, 1990 Orange Bowl, 1988 Sugar Bowl, 1987 Fiesta Bowl
Children: Louis "Trey" (9), Chad Fitzgerald (6), Hailey Elizabeth (4)