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Ara Parseghian


Former Armenian-American university football head trainer who led Notre Dame School to two Country wide Championships. He performed running back again for the Cleveland Browns from 1948 to 1949. He was called AFCA Trainer of the entire year as well as the Eddie Robinson Trainer of the entire year in 1964. He previously three children along with his wife Kathleen Davis. USC’s John McKay is normally another Hall of Popularity College Football trainer.

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Full Name Ara Parseghian
Date Of Birth May 21, 1923
Place Of Birth Akron, OH
Profession Football Coach
Education Miami University
Nationality American
Spouse Kathleen Davis
Children Karan Parseghian
Parents Amelie Bonneau, Michael Parseghian
Star Sign Gemini

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1Inducted into the Miami University (Ohio) Athletics Hall of Fame in 1969 (inaugural class).
2Inducted into the Mid-American Conference Hall of Fame in 1988 (inaugural class).
3Inducted into the Greater Akron [Ohio] Baseball Hall of Fame in 1994.
4Took a Notre Dame team that had finished 2-7 in 1963 and with virtually the same personnel, finished 9-1 in 1964, coming to within 1:33 of an undefeated season and a national championship.
5Made his last coaching appearance with the College All-Stars in the 1976 game against the defending Super Bowl champion Pittsburgh Steelers in Chicago. The game was halted in the second half when a violent rainstorm broke out and was never resumed. It was the last such game ever played.
6Is of Armenian descent.
7Coached the Northwestern Wildcats to four straight victories over Notre Dame between 1959 and 1962. Had a 9-0 record against Northwestern while coaching at Notre Dame.
8Contacted Father Edmund P. Joyce about the head coaching position at Notre Dame, knowing that it was open. Signed a contract after an initial disagreement with Father Joyce resulted in his walking out of a press conference for what would have been an announcement of his hiring.
9Served as a color commentator for ABC Sports from 1975 to 1981 and for CBS Sports from 1982 to 1988.
10Named College Coach of the Year in 1964.
11Named an honorary Notre Dame alumnus in 1974.
12Inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1980.
13Served as freshman football coach at Miami of Ohio (1950); head football coach at Miami of Ohio (1951-1955); Northwestern University (1956-1963) and Notre Dame (1964-1974). Coached Notre Dame to national championships in 1966 and 1973; his 1964 squad was also awarded the MacArthur Bowl. Resigned after the 1974 season due to health reasons and left coaching after compiling a 170-58-6 lifetime record including a 95-17-4 docket at Notre Dame.



Onward Notre Dame: Mutual Respect2015TV Movie documentaryHimself - Notre Dame Head Coach, 1964-1974
ESPN 25: Who's #1?2006TV Series documentaryHimself
God, Country, Notre Dame: The Story of Father Ted Hesburgh, C.S.C.2005TV Movie documentaryAra Parseghian
ESPN SportsCentury2000TV Series documentaryHimself
1987 Cotton Bowl1987TV MovieHimself - Color Commentator
1986 John Hancock Sun Bowl1986TV MovieHimself - Color Commentator
1986 Army-Navy Game1986TV MovieHimself - Color Commentator
1986 Cotton Bowl1986TV MovieHimself - Color Commentator
1985 Army-Navy Game1985TV SpecialHimself - Color Commentator
Wake Up the Echoes: The History of Notre Dame Football1982Video documentaryHimself - Head Coach, 1964-1974
1981 Gator Bowl1981TV MovieHimself - Color Commentator
1980 Gator Bowl1980TV MovieHimself - Color Commentator
1980 Army-Navy Game1980TV SpecialHimself - Color Commentator
1979 Gator Bowl1979TV MovieHimself - Color Commentator
1979 Liberty Bowl1979TV MovieHimself - Color Commentator
1979 Army-Navy Game1979TV SpecialHimself - Color Commentator
1978 Gator Bowl1978TV MovieHimself - Color Commentator
1978 Liberty Bowl1978TV MovieHimself - Color Commentator
1978 Army-Navy Game1978TV SpecialHimself - Color Commentator
1978 Sugar Bowl1978TV MovieHimself - Color Commentator
1977 Army-Navy Game1977TV MovieHimself - Color Commentator
The Way It Was1977TV SeriesHimself
1977 Sugar Bowl1977TV MovieHimself - Color Commentator
1976 Liberty Bowl1976TV MovieHimself - Color Commentator
1975 Orange Bowl1975TV MovieHimself - Notre Dame Fighting Irish Head Coach
1973 Sugar Bowl1973TV MovieHimself - Notre Dame Fighting Irish Head Coach
1973 Orange Bowl1973TV MovieHimself - Notre Dame Fighting Irish Head Coach
1971 Cotton Bowl1971TV MovieHimself - Notre Dame Fighting Irish Head Coach
1970 Cotton Bowl1970TV MovieHimself - Notre Dame Fighting Irish Head Coach
That Regis Philbin Show1964TV SeriesHimself

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Texaco Presents: A Quarter Century of Bob Hope on Television1975TV SpecialHimself

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1I prefer to think of our record as 9 3/4 - 1/4, not 9-1. [on his 1964 Notre Dame squad]
2It's "par" as in golf, "segh" as in Seagram's and "ian" as in the Japanese yen. Think of a drunk Japanese golfer. [on how to pronounce his surname]
3That's a big break for us! [as color analyst for ABC Sports during the 1976 Notre Dame-Pittsburgh game, to which Keith Jackson replied, "It's not 'us' anymore, Ara."]
4There ought to be a rule for penalizing officials, too.
5After Notre Dame, what is there? [when asked if he would ever seek another coaching job at the collegiate level]
6We'd fought hard to come back and tie it up. After all that, I didn't want to risk giving it to them cheap. They get reckless and it could cost them the game. I wasn't going to do a jackass thing like that at this point. [explaining why he elected to run out the clock with the score tied 10-10 in the Game of the Century against Michigan State on November 19, 1966]

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