Skip Holtz appears to be keeping his latest coaching staff hire in the family. The Louisiana Tech head coach is set to hire his son Trey Holtz as the Bulldogs’ receivers coach, Zach Barnett of Football Scoop reported Sunday.
Trey Holtz is the grandson of former Notre Dame head coach Lou Holtz, who led the Fighting Irish from 1986-96. The eldest Holtz was also the head coach at South Carolina from 1999-04.
Trey Holtz spent the past three years at Ohio State as an offensive graduate assistant. After he debuted in 2017 as the assistant running backs coach under running backs coach Tony Alford, Holtz moved to assistant tight ends coach for offensive coordinator and tight ends coach Kevin Wilson.
Trey Holtz was hired in January 2017 when former Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer (2012-18), who coached under Lou Holtz at Notre Dame as the Fighting Irish’s wide receivers coach in 1996, was at the helm.
Prior to his coaching career, Trey Holtz was a five-year quarterback at Texas from 2012-16, when he served as the Longhorns’ holder on field goals and extra points while starting out as a preferred walk-on and becoming a scholarship player later on.
Trey Holtz is a Tampa, Florida, native by way of H.B. Plant High School. After he received his bachelor’s degree from Texas in physical culture and sport, Holtz earned his master’s degree from Ohio State’s sport management program in December 2018.
At Louisiana Tech, Trey Holtz joins Skip Holtz, who is 56-36 overall and 37-19 against C-USA since he took over the Bulldogs in 2013. After Louisiana Tech’s 4-8 (3-5 C-USA) debut, the Bulldogs have recorded six straight winning seasons, capping each campaign with bowl victories.
Previously, Holtz was the head coach of South Florida from 2010-12. The Bulls went 16-21 overall and 5-16 against Big East play, debuting at 8-5 (3-4) in 2010 before declining at 5-7 (1-6) and 3-9 (1-6) from 2011-12.
Holtz got his opportunity at USF after he was the head coach of East Carolina from 2005-09. In his five seasons at the helm, the Pirates went 38-27 overall and 28-12 against C-USA play.
He got his earliest job as a head coach with Connecticut from 1994-98, when the Huskies were still in what became the FCS. UConn went 34-23 overall and 22-18 against conference play under Holtz, who led the team to its first Division I-AA playoff game while going 10-3 (6-2) in 1998.
Following five years with the Huskies, Holtz left to join his father Lou’s staff at South Carolina. He was the associate head coach and offensive coordinator of the Gamecocks from 1999-03, demoted to associate head coach and quarterbacks coach in 2004.
Holtz’s earlier career included a stint on Lou’s staff at Notre Dame from 1990-94, where he served as the wide receivers coach (1990-91) and offensive coordinator (1992-93) while his father was the head coach.
He started to work his way up the industry ladder as a graduate assistant at Florida State from 1987-88 under then-Seminoles head coach Bobby Bowden before becoming a position leader for the first time at Colorado State in 1989 at Colorado State under then-Rams head coach Earle Bruce.