A fabulous career in football and football coaching carried him to the very pinnacle of his sport. After 24 years of coaching - 11 with Notre Dame - he stepped down in 1974 after having accomplished virtually every coaching goal. During his period at Notre Dame his teams won 95 games, lost 17 and tied four, second only to the legendary Rockne. When he hung up his collegiate coaching cap, his 170 victories were topped by only four other coaches. A native Akronite, he was a football and basketball player under "Doc" Wargo at South High and played football under Paul Brown at Great Lakes Naval Station. He enrolled at Miami Where he competed in football, basketball and baseball. He was and All-Ohio halfback in 1947 and received All-American mention. After two years with the Cleveland Browns, Ara returned to Miami as assistant to Woody Hayes in 1950 and took the head job the following year. After five ultra successful seasons at Miami, he coached eight years at Northwestern where he had five winning seasons.