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New football coach hired by Monett R-1 board

Thursday, February 4, 2010

The Monett Cubs taking the field during the 2009 season. [Missi Leech, photo]
Chad Depée will be the new head football coach for the Monett High School Cubs. Depée (pronounced DePAY) was hired by the Monett R-1 Board of Education in a special meeting on Monday, succeeding Alan Spencer, who is retiring.

Depée has been the head football coach in El Dorado Springs, a 2A school, for the past four years. His teams had a record of 21 wins and 21 losses in his four seasons.

A native of southwest Missouri, Depée graduated from high school in Mountain View and went to college at Southwest Baptist University, where he played football as a runningback. After college Depée got a job under Kuper Kreul as assistant football coach in Republic, a position Depée held for seven years. Kreul is now head coach at Kickapoo High School in Springfield.

"I had a ball," Depée said. "I love the game of football and had the opportunity to be around young men who liked to do the same thing."

Depée said his approach to the game goes beyond a specific style. He said running is key in high school football, yet he also likes to have a balanced attack with a good passing game thrown in.

"In high school your talent changes from year to year," Depée said. "You've got to adapt to what you've got.

"My coaching philosophy is ultimately trying to do the right thing," Depée explained. "I want to work hard and play hard. In between that I want to represent the community of Monett to the best of our ability. Hopefully, when you put those things together, you'll be pretty successful."

Depée said he has not had personal contact with the Monett community in the past.

"I'm definitely aware of Monett, and I'm very excited about becoming part of the community," Depée said. "I want to continue the tradition that has been so great there. I just want to be part of a program that the people of the community can be part of. I'm ready for the summer to get here."

Depée and his wife, Sheri, are both from southwest Missouri. They have two children: Hattie Mae, age 7, and Gage, age 4. The family plans to move to Monett after Depée completes his obligations in El Dorado Springs.

While not amassing an overwhelming record of wins in El Dorado Springs, Depée said high school records do not always tell the full story.

"I'm extremely proud of what we've been able to accomplish," Depée said. "We've made the playoffs two times. That's only been done five times in (El Dorado Springs') history. I'm proud to be part of that. We're independent here and play an assortment of teams. In recent years we've played Class 4 and 5 schools [as a Class 2A school].

"I believe teams always have to be very prepared and go out and play hard," Depée said. "Sometimes that ends in a 'W,' sometimes not. I'm proud of our guys and how they performed on the field,"

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