Rest In Peace, Coach Parseghian “Legendary coach Ara Parseghian, who guided the University of Notre Dame’s 1966 and 1973 national championship football teams and is a member of the National Football Foundation’s College Football Hall of Fame, died at 1:30 a.m. Wednesday (Aug. 2) at his home in Granger, Indiana, the University’s president, Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., announced. He was 94.”

It’s a sad day for the University of Notre Dame, coaches, players and #NotreDameGuys everywhere. Beloved son of Notre Dame, Ara Parseghian passed away last night at the age of 94. Coach Parseghian brought two national championships to the Irish and was known as an intense motivator. A real football guy’s football guy, if you will.

I never had a chance to watch Parseghian coach a game live, on account of the whole not being born yet thing. But, my childhood was filled with tails of his exploits. I’ve also seen video clips, heard the sound bites and of course, Rudy.

On behalf of #NotreDameGuys everywhere, thank you Coach.

“Notre Dame mourns the loss of a legendary football coach, a beloved member of the Notre Dame family and good man — Ara Parseghian,” Father Jenkins said. “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.

“My prayers are with Katie, his family and many friends as we mourn his passing and celebrate a life that was so well lived.”