Bowden honored with Florida Medal of Freedom
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Bobby Bowden, the previous Florida State soccer coach who led the Seminoles to 2 nationwide titles, acquired the inaugural Florida Medal of Freedom at a ceremony Wednesday hosted by Gov. Ron DeSantis.Bowden, 91, is one in all school soccer’s winningest coaches. He coached Florida State from 1976 to 2009, profitable nationwide titles in 1993 and 1999.”I recognize you giving me this honor. I’ll cherish it the remainder of my life,” Bowden mentioned after the governor and different audio system hailed him for his work not solely as a coach however as a mentor to the a whole bunch of younger males he assembled for his groups.The state’s medal of freedom acknowledges “any one that has made an particularly meritorious contribution to the curiosity in residents of the state and tradition private and non-private endeavor.”Bowden left Florida State below a cloud due to an educational dishonest scandal that prompted the NCAA to strip the workforce of a number of victories.Together with those that labored below an interim tag, Florida State has had 4 coaches since, although the Seminoles received a nationwide championship with Bowden’s successor, Jimbo Fisher.In his first season, Mike Norvell, the present coach, went 3-6.The Related Press contributed to this report.