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Reggie Brooks (ND '93) will become the Executive Director of the Holtz's Heroes Foundation Inc.

April 24, 2020

ReggieBrooksCoach Lou Holtz and the Executive Committee of the Holtz's Heroes Foundation, Inc. (HHF) are extremely pleased to announce that Reggie Brooks (ND '93) will become the Executive Director of the Holtz's Heroes Foundation Inc. effective in the Fall 2020.  A native of Tulsa, Okla., Brooks played under former Irish head coach Lou Holtz from 1989-92. After starting his career as a defensive back, Brooks eventually moved to tailback, where he earned second-team All-America status and finished fifth in the Heisman Trophy voting after a stellar senior campaign in 1992. His career average of 7.6 yards per rush is still a school record, while his 1,372 yards rushing in '92 rank third-best in single-season school history.  Brooks went on to have a career in the National Football League where he was named to the 1993 All Rookie Team while playing for the Washington Redskins. 

In his current role as the Assistant Athletics Director of Athletics Alumni Relationships for Notre Dame, Brooks serves as a liaison between the athletics department and alumni, working to increase stewardship and engagement with the implementation of strategies to promote outreach to former student-athletes and other guests of the department. Previously, he served as the school's Manager for Monogram/Football Alumni Relations. He continues to work directly with the Notre Dame Monogram Club staff and Irish head football coach Brian Kelly on numerous projects related to the Monogram Club and former football players. Brooks also assists Fighting Irish Digital Media (FIDM) with coverage of Notre Dame football, and is a fixture on the Official Notre Dame Football Post-Game Show, as well as other FIDM productions.

Brooks brings to the HHF over 25 years of leadership and relationship management experience.  "Having the opportunity to be the inaugural Executive Director of the Holtz's Heroes Foundation Inc. is truly humbling.  I look forward to furthering the values and lessons learned from my years both as a player under Coach Holtz and working with Coach Holtz professionally as an Athletics Administrator at Notre Dame.  In this role, I will carry on the mission of the HHF (formerly known as the Lou's Lads Foundation Inc.) of helping our former players and teammates by 1). raising educational scholarships for the children of former players, and 2). efficiently and effectively, raise resources and help manage the Bobby Satterfield Hardship Fund, which is designed to assist former players from Notre Dame under Coach Holtz, or their families, in times of need."

Tom Galloway (ND '87), President of the HHF, is a former walk-on at Notre Dame and a scholarship winner under Holtz. He was a member of Coach Holtz's first class at Notre Dame. Galloway says that adding Brooks to the leadership team is a game changer.  "What Reggie Brooks is able to bring to the HHF is unparalleled.  His relationships both within the University and with the former players under Lou Holtz is outstanding.  Reggie will be a huge asset to the Foundation."

"I am very excited for the future of the Holtz's Heroes Foundation, Inc." said Coach Lou Holtz. "We had a great selection of candidates to choose from. All would have been great choices, but Reggie Brooks stood out and I could not be happier that he will be our Executive Director. Reggie Brooks was a great player for me and he not only has great talent, but has excellent skills for taking Holtz's Heroes to the next level. I look forward to great things in the future for the Holtz's Heroes Foundation, Inc."

Holtz's Heroes Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) corporation dedicated to preserving and supporting the legacy of Coach Lou Holtz and his players while providing a platform to provide financial assistance for the educational needs of underprivileged students and legacies as well as support charitable and educational activities and organizations within the communities of its members.

If you would like to learn more about how you can support the Holtz's Heroes Foundation Inc., or have any questions, please direct them to Tom Galloway at TGalloway@HoltzsHeroes.org.

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Orange Bowl Hall of Fame Presented by Autonation to Induct Trio of Bowl Legends for Class of 2019

December 30, 2019

MIAMI LAKES, FL - Three of the most talented players in college football history, a pair of first round picks in the NFL Draft, two Orange Bowl Game MVPs, and a BCS National Champion are among a class of three inductees to the 2019 Orange Bowl Hall of Fame presented by AutoNation.

University of Miami offensive lineman Vernon Carey, University of Florida wide receiver Travis Taylor and Notre Dame wide receiver Derrick Mayes will be joining elite company in the Orange Bowl Hall of Fame presented by AutoNation.

The three will be presented to the crowd during an on-field ceremony prior to the 86th Capital One Orange Bowl game between the University of Florida and the University of Virginia, Monday, Dec. 30 at 8 p.m. at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens.

The 2019 Hall of Fame class will join 119 others who have made an impact on the bowl since its beginning in 1935.

Vernon Carey paved the way for the Hurricanes to rush for 218 yards and back-up running back Jarrett Payton (Frank Gore was injured) to gain 131 rushing yards and earn Orange Bowl MVP Honors in Miami’s 16-14 win over Florida State in the 2004 Orange Bowl. He was the first-round draft choice of the Miami Dolphins going 19th overall and the third offensive lineman selected.

Travis Taylor caught seven passes for 159 yards and two touchdowns as a sophomore, leading the Gators to a 31-10 win over Syracuse and securing their sixth straight 10-win season. Taylor was voted the MVP of the 1999 Orange Bowl and was later selected by the Baltimore Ravens in the first round (10th overall) in the 2000 NFL Draft.

Derrick Mayes was the MVP of the 1996 Orange Bowl, hauling in six receptions for 96 yards and two touchdowns (33 and 39 yards) for the Irish. He also returned a punt for an apparent touchdown, that was called back for an illegal block. Mayes was drafted in the second round of the NFL Draft by the Green Bay Packers and was a part of their Super Bowl XXXI winning team.

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Raghib "Rocket" Ismail named to the College Football Hall of Fame Class of 2019

January 7, 2019

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Lou's Lads Foundation/1988 National Championship Team Ring Opening Bell at NYSE

December 21, 2018

Joe Delaney Honored

December 17, 2018

Joe Delaney honored as Subway Alumni during halftime of ND v Syracuse game at Yankee Stadium highlighting Lou's Lads and its involvement with Bread of Life Drive.

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"Notre Dame Subway Alumni"

November 11, 2018

Peter Mulroy is loyal to the University of Notre Dame’s football team, which won one for the Gipper in the 1920s and is undefeated this season as it practices for Saturday’s game against Syracuse University at Yankee Stadium.

The basement in Mr. Mulroy’s house, on Staten Island, is a shrine to the team, with banners and photographs celebrating the Fighting Irish. He talks proudly about once high-fiving Rudy Ruettiger, the former Notre Dame walk-on famous for sacking a quarterback during the final seconds of the only game of his college career. Mr. Ruettiger’s story was the ...

BREAD OF LIFE FOOD DRIVE CELEBRATED BY FAITHND

August 5, 2018

In the spring of 1992 the Notre Dame Club of Staten Island began an annual Bread of Life Food Drive (BOLD) to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the founding of Our Lady’s University. With the subsequent help of coach Lou Holtz and Lou’s Lads (a collection of his former players and now known as Holtz's Heroes) in 2014, what our club thought would be a one-time service project has turned into an annual food drive held not only on Staten Island, but in 250 cities across America and around the world.

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LLF BOARD MEMBER, RANDY KINDER, INDUCTED INTO GREATER LANSING SPORTS HALL OF FAME

July 25, 2018

Randy Kinder didn’t really have an idea of what he was doing when he decided to give football a shot during his freshman year at East Lansing. But with several of his close friends also planning to try out for the team, Kinder knew he wanted to give a sport he was always a fan of a shot.  That decision turned out to be life-changing for Kinder.

LOU'S LADS AND THE BREAD OF LIFE FOOD DRIVE BOTH NAMED VOLUNTEERS OF THE YEAR

April 26, 2018

Mark Monahan, Randy Kinder on behalf of LLF and Joe Delaney on behalf of BOLD receive award for charitable acts of good.

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LOU’S LADS EVENT PROMPTS HOLTZ REUNION

September 10, 2017

The seventh annual Lou’s Lads event—which takes place at the second Notre Dame home football game each season— came on the same date the Irish played host to a Southeastern Conference opponent in a dozen years with a matchup against Georgia.

But, for several hours Saturday morning at O’Brien’s atop the Compton Family Ice Arena, more than 300 guests packed the room to listen to former Irish football coach Lou Holtz rekindle memories, pay tribute to the foundation work of his former players and entertain an audience.

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