The Grayson County Republican Party recently announced legendary college football coach Lou Holtz will be the keynote speaker working for its annual Lincoln Reagan Dinner. Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar will also address the economic boom that is occurring locally, statewide and nationally.


The Lincoln Reagan Dinner will be held Feb. 16 at the Texoma Event Center at the Hilton Garden Inn in Denison, with a VIP reception starting at 6:30 p.m.


Individuals interested in attending the event should call 903-433-2387 or 903-271-0775 for more information. GCRP chair Barbara Woodroof said the theme for this year’s event is “Texas Red USA Strong.” Seating is limited and no tickets will be sold at the door.


Holtz is the only coach in the history of college football to take six different teams to a bowl game and win five bowl games with different teams. He also had four different college teams ranked in the final Top 20 poll.


Despite never inheriting a winning team, Holtz compiled a 243-127-7 career record that rank him third in victories among active coaches and eighth in winning percentage. His 12 career postseason bowl victories rank him fifth on the all-time list. Holtz was selected for the College Football Hall of Fame in 2008, an honor that places him in an elite group of just more than 800 individuals in the history of football who have earned the distinction.


Holtz spent 26 seasons as a collegiate head coach, including stints with Notre Dame, University of Arkansas, University of South Carolina and William & Mary. He is also an author and has worked as a college football analyst on television and as a radio co-host.


Holtz speaks on overcoming seemingly impossible challenges by setting goals and working to achieve them. He has built a reputation as a motivator, a demanding disciplinarian, and someone who relishes challenges and hard work.