DePew Leaves East Noble for Garrett

By Tommy Schoegler
By Eric Dutkiewicz

February 6, 2012 Updated Oct 24, 2013 at 5:39 AM EDT

GARRETT, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) - The Garrett-Kaiser-Butler School board approved Monday the hiring of East Noble High School's head football coach Chris DePew as Garrett High School's new head football coach and athletic director.

DePew leaves East Noble, where he was head football coach and athletic director.

DePew grew up in Garrett, and lives six blocks from the school. He also has three daughters, two in the school and one on the way.

"To get to do what you love to do in your hometown is just too much to pass up." DePew told Indiana's NewsCenter on Monday night.

DePew spent 18 years at East Noble, 11 as the head coach. In that time, the Knights went 77-42 and were state runners up in 2003. He previously was offensive coordinator, winning a state championship in 2000.

The timing of DePew's move fits perfectly with Garrett athletic director Steve Rhoades deciding return to the classroom, and coach Ron Frickey stepping down a few months ago.

In a online blog, Rhoades said his move was mostly motivated by his desire to spend more time with his children and grandchildren.

"I need to be a Grandpa and support my grand kids," Rhoades said. "I couldn't do that without neglecting my duties as Athletic Director at GHS."

DePew's top assistant, Chad Sutton will be joining him at Garrett.

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