West Virginia-born Head Coach Awarded Presidential Medal of Freedom

U.S. President Trump awards Presidential Medal of Freedom to Lou Holtz at the White House in Washington
U.S. President Donald Trump awards the Presidential Medal of Freedom to retired football coach Lou Holtz in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, U.S., December 3, 2020. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

This afternoon, West Virginia-born head coach Lou Holtz was awarded with the “Presidential Medal of Freedom”, the nation’s highest civilian honor.

Holtz, who was born in Follansbee, West Virginia, went on to have a legendary coaching career at Arkansas, Minnesota, Notre Dame and later at South Carolina.

Holtz led the Notre Dame Fighting Irish to a national championship, where they defeated the West Virginia Mountaineers in the 1988 Fiesta Bowl.

Although Holtz, 83, had a tremendous coaching career in football, today’s Presidential Medal of Freedom is perhaps his proudest moment ever.

Congratulations, Lou Holtz.