Letter from Lou Holtz

Greetings and welcome to the Lou Holtz/Upper Ohio Valley Hall of Fame website! We hope that you not only will enjoy reading about our endeavors to create a hall of fame of preservation and inspiration here in the Ohio Valley, but that you also will be inspired to one day visit us in person.

Initially, I was presented with a concept for a Lou Holtz Museum, which I immediately rejected. While appreciative of the gesture, I did not and do not want a shrine dedicated to me. However, as more discussion was held and the idea evolved into a hall of fame that would be inclusive of individuals in all fields of endeavor from throughout the Upper Ohio Valley, I agreed.

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Merrill Hoge

Hoge to Speak at Lou Holtz Dinner

EAST LIVERPOOL –Tickets may be reserved now to see former NFL running back and ESPN analyst Merril Hoge’s appearance as guest speaker at the Lou Holtz/Upper Ohio Valley Hall of Fame induction banquet to be held Monday, June 4, 2018.  

’20 Under 20’ Selected

The 20 young people selected here represent a cross-section of outstanding young people up and down the Upper Ohio Valley who exemplify the qualities of future Hall of Famers -- excelling in their pursuits and giving back to their communities.  

Holtz Hall Announces 2018 Class

The Lou Holtz/Upper Ohio Valley Hall of Fame has announced those selected to be inducted June 4 at St. Florian Hall in Wintersville. The 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award will go to the late Dale Baird, who came to the Upper Ohio Valley from Illinois and made it his home, training horses at what was then Waterford Park and would become Mountaineer Resort. He logged an unprecedented 9,445 career wins, landing a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records.  

Holtz HOF Announces MVP Award Recipients

The Lou Holtz/Upper Ohio Valley MVP Award was designed to recognize a person or organization for outstanding volunteer work to benefit the local community. This year's recipients came to our attention through their nomination for the "20 Under 20" recognition, and upon reading of their dedicated teamwork we realized they were the very embodiment of the MVP Award.


2018 Holtz Life Improvement Scholarship Winners Named

The Lou Holtz/Upper Ohio Valley Hall of Fame is pleased to announce the winners of this year’s Life Improvement Scholarships. The following area high school seniors have been selected to receive tuition scholarships of $5,000 to a trade school, renewable for an additional $5,000 in their second year of schooling, as long as they remain a student in good standing: