Legendary Notre Dame coach Ara Parseghian has died at 94

Notre Dame football coach Ara Parseghian, center, on the sidelines during the ND vs. Navy game in 1970. (AP Photo)

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) – Ara Parseghian, who won two national championships in 11 seasons as Notre Dame coach, has died at 94.

He died at his home in Granger, Indiana, said the university’s president, Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C.

“Notre Dame mourns the loss of a legendary football coach, a beloved member of the Notre Dame family and good man – Ara Parseghian,” Father Jenkins said. “Among his many accomplishments, we will remember him above all as a teacher, leader and mentor who brought out the very best in his players, on and off the field.

“He continued to demonstrate that leadership by raising millions of research dollars seeking a cure for the terrible disease that took the lives of three of his grandchildren. Whenever we asked for Ara’s help at Notre Dame, he was there.

“My prayers are with Katie, his family and many friends as we mourn his passing and celebrate a life that was so well lived.”

Parseghian had recently returned to his home in Granger, Indiana, after spending more than a week in a nursing care facility in South Bend, Indiana. He was treated for an infection in his surgically repaired hip.

Parseghian and the Irish won titles in 1966 and 1973, but he abruptly retired after the 1974 season at age 51 with a record of 95-17-4.

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