Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Coach of the Week: Mike DePue

With his team headed to the state playoffs on the heels of a big win at Jesuit, Robinson High’s Mike DePue is this week’s honoree at Buccaneer headquarters

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Robinson High's Mike DePue accepts his award from Bucs Head Coach Jon Gruden

Robinson Head Coach Mike DePue was honored as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers High School Football Coach of the Week on Wednesday at One Buccaneer Place.

Coach DePue is in his third year as head coach at Robinson, where he boasts a 25-8 record. His coaching career spans 27 years at Monroe Middle School and Robinson High School. During that time, DePue has coached junior high, junior varsity and varsity football teams, as well as boys and girls basketball, girls track and girls golf.

With a 42-3 victory over district opponent Jesuit last Friday, Robinson clinched a spot in the state playoffs. The team plays host to rival Plant High School this Friday.

"Each time a high school coach gets honored like this it's not just a credit to the individual, it's a credit to the whole program," said DePue. "It gives something back to the community, and I think that's what the Buccaneers really have tried to do over the years."

DePue was presented with a framed Coach of the Week certificate signed by NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue, General Manager Bruce Allen and Head Coach Jon Gruden. He also received a football autographed by Gruden and a Coach of the Week cap. NFL Charities will award $1,000 to the Robinson football program in DePue's honor.

The Buccaneers are currently accepting nominations for the high school Coach of the Week. If you know of a high school football coach who exhibits excellence both on and off the field, please nominate that coach by clicking here.

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