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Coach of the Week: Otis Dixon

Otis Dixon led his Lakewood squad past the state’s fourth-ranked team during the Class 5A playoffs last week, earning him Coach of the Week honors in his first season at the helm


Lakewood High Head Coach Otis Dixon said he hoped to model the Bucs' program at his school

Lakewood High School Head Coach Otis Dixon was honored as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers High School Football Coach of the Week on Wednesday, November 9 at One Buccaneer Place.

Coach Dixon is in his first year as head coach at Lakewood, where he also teaches physical education. Prior to assuming his current position, Dixon served as the defensive coordinator at Clearwater High School.

Last week, Dixon led the Lakewood Spartans to a 20-14 victory over the Class 5A number-four ranked team in the state, the Countryside Cougars.

"This is a real honor," said Dixon of his Coach of the Week award. "I think the Buccaneers are a first-class organization, and we're just going to try to model that with our student-athletes."

Dixon received a Bachelor's degree from the University of South Florida, where he lettered in both football and baseball. As a running back, Dixon was the first player recruited by USF Head Coach Jim Leavitt. In 1998, he was selected as the Bulls' most valuable offensive player.

Dixon 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 Lakewood football program in Dixon'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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