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Overview (2)

Date of Birth 21 May 1923Akron, Ohio, USA
Birth NameAra Raoul Parseghian

Mini Bio (1)

Ara Parseghian was born on May 21, 1923 in Akron, Ohio, USA as Ara Raoul Parseghian. He has been married to Kathleen Davis since December 30, 1948. They have three children.

Spouse (1)

Kathleen Davis (30 December 1948 - present) (3 children)

Trivia (13)

Served 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.
Inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1980.
Named an honorary Notre Dame alumnus in 1974.
Named College Coach of the Year in 1964.
Served as a color commentator for ABC Sports from 1975 to 1981 and for CBS Sports from 1982 to 1988.
Contacted 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.
Coached 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.
Is of Armenian descent.
Made 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.
Took 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.
Inducted into the Greater Akron [Ohio] Baseball Hall of Fame in 1994.
Inducted into the Mid-American Conference Hall of Fame in 1988 (inaugural class).
Inducted into the Miami University (Ohio) Athletics Hall of Fame in 1969 (inaugural class).

Personal Quotes (6)

We'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]
After Notre Dame, what is there? [when asked if he would ever seek another coaching job at the collegiate level]
There ought to be a rule for penalizing officials, too.
That'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."]
It'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]
I prefer to think of our record as 9 3/4 - 1/4, not 9-1. [on his 1964 Notre Dame squad]

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