Happy Birthday Ara!

May 21, 2022
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Born on May 21, 1923, the legendary Ara Parseghian, would have been 99 today.

Ara was hired away from Northwestern at the age of 40. He had been a head coach for 13 years before arriving in South Bend, and had a record of 4-0 verses Notre Dame while there. He once observed that he had 13 years experience as a head coach, and needed every one of them in order to succeed at ND.

Ara got into coaching from a solid playing background. After mentoring under Paul Brown while in the military for two years, he played fullback at Miami of Ohio and was drafted in the 13th round of the NFL draft. He then spent two years with the Cleveland Browns before a hip injury ended his playing career. In 1950 he coached the freshman team at his alma mater under Woody Hayes, and the following year, at the age of 27 took over at head coach at Miami.

At ND he took over a program that had hit on very hard times, having not seen the top 25 in five seasons. In year one, 1964, in an impressive reversal of fortune, he led the Irish to a 9-1 record.

Final ND record: 11 seasons: 95-17-4. 3-2 in bowls– Two National Championships, 1966, 1973.

By Phil Houk

For 25 years, bringing you the glory of Notre Dame football.

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