Each week, fans will have an opportunity to vote for one high school football coach in Hillsborough county as the Buccaneers' Coach of the Week. Candidates will have led their schools to an impressive victory and demonstrated a commitment to fundamentals, player safety, sportsmanship, academic development, and community engagement.
This week's votes have been tallied and the results are in. The first Buccaneers High School Coach of the Week is East Bay's Frank LaRosa. Other nominees included Durant's Mike Gottman, Tampa Bay Tech's Jayson Roberts and Tampa Catholic's Gregory.
LaRosa led East Bay High School to a thrilling, 20-17 overtime victory over Freedom High School on August 28th to start the season off 1-0. Paving the way for the Indians was Diante Crutcher, who ran for 80 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries.
A physical education teacher at East Bay, LaRosa took over the school's football program in 2012. East Bay had a 35-40 record in the eight years prior to his arrival. East Bay is a public school located in Gibsonton, Florida. Roughly 2,000 students attend the school, which was established in 1957. The Indians will take on Brandon in their second game of the 2015 season on September 4th.
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