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DePue officially steps down, applicants step up

Posted Dec 20, 2012 by Bill Ward

Updated Dec 20, 2012 at 07:14 PM

Mike DePue made it official Thursday when he officially resigned as head football coach at Robinson High.

‘‘I have to admit I felt a bit of melancholy but, hey, time to move on to other things in life,’’ DePue said. ‘‘We had a good run and I’m ready for the next chapter.’‘

DePue recently completed his 10th season at the helm of Robinson football. Posting a record of 12-2 and reaching the Class 5A state semifinals, it was his most successful fall campaign ever.

DePue also finishes with the most wins of any Knights football coach with a career mark of 72-43. Earlier this month, he earned his third Coach of the Year award from the Tampa chapter of the National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame. DePue will continue to teach at the school until the end of the 2012-13 year and says his last official function as coach will be at the team’s awards banquet on Jan. 30.

Even before DePue officially stepped down, applications have come in for his position. Among those vying for the job are his offensive coordinator Rob Burns, who was named Assistant Coach of the Year by the NFF, Knights offensive line coach Shawn Taylor and receivers coach Craig Everhart.

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