President Trump has announced he will award the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor, to longtime college football coach Lou Holtz.
Trump made the announcement on Friday during a White House press conference where Holtz was in attendance.
The president did not announce a date for the ceremony but said it ‘won’t be in the too distant future.’
Trump said he had received letters from football coaches across the country, as well as other people, recommending Holtz, 83, for the honor.
He said he’s known Holtz for a ‘long time’ and called him a friend and an ‘incredible leader.’
‘We’ve analyzed it very closely. We’ve looked at all those recommendations. We’ve looked at Lou’s life and his career and what he’s done for charity, and the football is obvious,’ Trump said.
‘He was a great coach but what he’s done beyond even coaching, so Lou will be getting the Presidential Medal of Freedom.’
Holtz spent 34 years coaching both college and professional football teams and is perhaps best known for an 11-season stint as Notre Dame’s head coach.
Holtz ended his career at the University of South Carolina, where he was head coach for six seasons from 1999-2004.