Robert Fail "Bobby" Ennis Jr.

Coach
Inducted 2002

Robert Ennis established the “Long Red Row,” the self-appointed nickname for the boys cross country program at Tampa’s Leto High School.

During his 21-year career at Leto, the Falcons qualified for the FHSAA Florida Cross Country Finals 20 times and won seven state titles, including back-to-back undefeated seasons in 1988 and 1989. Ennis also coached Leto’s boys decathlon state championship team in 1979.

Ennis was named Florida Coach of the Year seven times, named NHSACA Region Coach of the Year in 1994 and Florida Dairy Farmers Coach of the Year in 1998. He was inducted into the Florida Athletic Coaches Association Hall of Fame and the Clearwater Kiwanis Club Hall of Fame for his contributions to the sport of track & field.

Ennis speaks annually to college physical education majors and those interested in the coaching profession at the University of South Florida. He has also worked as the director for a youth track & field program that has been adopted by several counties in Florida. Recently, he operated a speed-development program that was successful with Tampa Bay area athletes of all sports.

Though he retired from coaching at the end of the 1997-98 school year, Ennis remains active in high school athletics. He served as meet director for the 2001 FHSAA Florida Cross Country Finals state championship meet in Tampa.

 

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