Notre Dame Football: Top Head Coaches of the Modern Era

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Aug 30, 2014; South Bend, IN, USA; A general view of the Hesburgh Library at the University of Notre Dame before the game between the Rice Owls and Notre Dame Fighting Irish. The Word of Life Mural is commonly known as Touchdown Jesus. Mandatory Credit: Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports

1. Ara Parseghian

Winning Percentage: .836

National Titles: 2

Bowl Games: 5

Ara Parseghian took over at Notre Dame in 1964. Under the previous coach, Joe Kuharich, Notre Dame only won 17 games in 4 seasons. Parseghian turned the program around immediately. In the 1964, Notre Dame went 9-1 and finished 3rd in the polls. Quarterback John Haurte won the 1964 Heisman Trophy. Three years later, the Irish won the National Title. That year, Notre Dame tied Michigan State, 10-10, in the most famous tie in College Football history. Parseghian also won the National Title in 1973 after defeating Bear Bryant and Alabama in the Sugar Bowl.