De Smet Jesuit Varsity Head Football Coach Robert Steeples has accepted the position of Assistant Special Teams Coach, working with defensive backs, for the Minnesota Vikings. He will join the Vikings later this month.
“On behalf of an extremely grateful and proud De Smet Jesuit community, I would like to congratulate Coach Steeples for this tremendous NFL opportunity and express our deepest appreciation for his transformational impact on our students and our football program,” said Dr. Daniel Zepp, President of De Smet Jesuit. “Moving forward, we will continue to build upon the culture of excellence that defines De Smet Jesuit football.”
In his five years as head football coach for the Spartans, Coach Steeples moved his team from a 2-8 record in his first season to a state championship title in 2019 and a repeat appearance at the state championship game in 2020. In the last three years under Coach Steeples’ leadership, the Spartans compiled a record of 29-4, with 20 consecutive wins. Their peak national ranking was 8.
“I am blessed and humbled to have been the leader of such great young men and to have had the opportunity to work alongside the best coaches and faculty here at De Smet Jesuit,” said Coach Steeples. “I will carry this team with me into the NFL, and I will smile watching the Spartans continue to earn success together at De Smet Jesuit.”
De Smet Jesuit will begin the search for Coach Steeples’ successor immediately.