De Smet's Robert Steeples wins All-American Coach of the Year award

By NewsRadio 1120 KMOX

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - De Smet Jesuit High School head football coach Robert Steeples has been named the All-American 2020 Coach of the Year. 

The St. Louis native who is back coaching at his alma mater was give the award during the 2020 All-American Bowl Awards Show on Friday in San Antonio, Texas.

Steeples tweeted about the announcement, "Thank you to those who have led & inspired me - My Faith, My Players, My Family, STL - I do it for yall."

Related: De Smet football coach Robert Steeples builds new culture for Spartans

They say a leader is not a level of power but instead a level of influence. 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!

— Robert Steeples (@SteepDiesel) January 4, 2020

De Smet won a Missouri State Championship with a perfect 14-0 record this year. And it comes just two years after a dismal 1-9 campaign in just Steeples' second season as head coach at De Smet. He also played there and won the school's first state championship in 2005.

The All-American Bowl featuring many of the nation’s 100 best senior football players. It will be broadcasted on NBC at noon on Saturday, Jan. 4.

De Smet wide reciever/defensive back Jordan Johnson – headed to Notre Dame next year – is among the players participating. 

Impressive athleticism and concentration by #NotreDame signee Jordan Johnson (@jjohnsonj1) reacting and high-pointing this pass.

— Carter Karels (@CarterKarels) January 4, 2020

He was up against Dan O’Shea of Corona del Mar High School in California, Eric Kjar of Corner Canyon High School in Utah and Reginald Samples of Duncanville High School in Texas.

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