From left,Tampa Catholic Assistant Coach David Lewis, Carrie Henriquez, senior player Chaz Green, Buccaneers Head Coach Raheem Morris, senior player Christian Green, Tampa Catholic Head Coach Bob Henriquez and Tampa Catholic Athletic Director Freddie Langiotti
Tampa Catholic remained undefeated with a big win over Ocala Trinity, in the process helping Head Coach Bob Henriquez win his 100th Hillsborough County game and take home High School Coach of the Week honors from the Bucs…The school will receive $1,000 to apply to their football program
Last Friday, Tampa Catholic High School Head Coach Bob Henriquez joined a very exclusive club in Hillsborough County.
When his Crusaders defeated the powerhouse Ocala Trinity Catholic Celtics, 17-7, Henriquez became one of only four active coaches with at least 100 career Hillsborough County wins. Henriquez, in his 14th season with Tampa Catholic, will travel with the Crusaders to Lake Highland Prep this Friday as they attempt to remain undefeated in 2009.
As a result of the landmark win, Coach Henriquez was named the Buccaneers High School Coach of the Week for Week Three of the 2009 season.
Henriquez and his wife, Carrie, visited One Buccaneer Place on Wednesday morning, accompanied by senior players Chaz and Christian Green and Tampa Catholic Athletic Director Freddie Langiotti. Also joining the group was one of Henriquez's assistant coaches and a man familiar with what takes place inside the team's headquarters, if not necessarily the new One Buc Place: former star Buccaneer linebacker David Lewis.
The group was given a tour of the team's training facility and an opportunity to watch the Buccaneers practice. Following the team's morning session, Head Coach Raheem Morris greeted the group and congratulated the Crusaders for their impressive start to the 2009 season. During the visit, 17-year old quarterback Christian Green expressed his feelings on the honor bestowed upon their coach.
"It's a blessing for me to play for a coach like him," the senior said. "He's taught me a lot over the past four years, not only on the field but how to handle situations off the field too. It's an honor for us to be here today."
Along with a signed certificate, Buccaneers hat and personalized football presented by Coach Morris, Henriquez received $1,000 towards the Crusaders' football program.
"It's a great honor," said Henriquez. "All of us as high school coaches put in a lot of time away from our families, and every little bit of recognition certainly feels good. I'd like to share this with the whole coaching fraternity, the administration, the players, parents and everyone that makes it possible for our program to be successful."
The Buccaneers will honor ten high school coaches from West Central and Central Florida during this year's prep football season. A Coach of the Year, who receives an additional $1,000 for his football program, will be selected from the ten weekly winners at the end of the season. The Buccaneers and National Football League's Coach of the Week program aids in the development of youth football, which has a positive influence on young athletes and the communities in which they live.