Ruston, LA (Sports Network) - Louisiana Tech officially welcomed Skip Holtz as its new head football coach on Friday.
Holtz arrived from South Florida, where he put together a 16-21 record and one bowl victory over the last three seasons. He replaces Sonny Dykes, who went 22-15 with one bowl defeat at the helm since 2010 before leaving to take the job at California.
"Thank you very much. It is certainly an honor to be standing in front of you here today. Coach Dykes did a great job with this football team in laying a foundation that I look forward to carrying on," said Holtz. "The image that this university holds around the country is one that is of great pride in Ruston and the state of Louisiana. I'm excited to have the opportunity to build on the academic success demonstrated here. There are plenty of challenges when you walk into a new conference, and a lot of excitement and a lot of great challenges ahead."
Holtz, the son of former Minnesota and Notre Dame head coach Lou Holtz, has compiled an 88-71 record as the head coach with Connecticut (1994-98), East Carolina (2005-09) and South Florida.