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De Smet football coach named 2020 All-American Bowl Coach of the Year

Coach Robert Steeples beat out high school coaches from all across the country to snag the honor

CREVE COEUR, Mo. — A St. Louis County high school football coach has been named the 2020 All-American Bowl Coach of the Year.

De Smet Jesuit High School Coach Robert Steeples beat out coaches from all across the country to snag the honor.

Steeples led the Spartans to victory in November when they finished out a perfect season by taking the 2019 Missouri Class 6 state football championship.

COLUMBIA, Mo. - The De Smet Spartans capped off their perfect season in style Saturday with a 35 to 20 win over Joplin in the Class 6 title game. The 14-0 Spartans won their first district title since 2012 a few weeks ago, and now have their first state title since 2005, when their current head coach Robert Steeples was still just a player.

"They say a leader is not a level of power but instead a level of influence," Steeples tweeted on Friday. "We can influence/lead from any level. Thank you to those who have led & inspired me - My Faith, My Players, My Family, STL - I do it for yall. Without you, theres no Me. That #MAADMen means something now! "

Steeples took over at De Smet in 2016 when former coach Pat Mahoney stepped down after 15 years.

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