The Del Valle ISD Board of Trustees approved hiring Bobby Acosta as the new Del Valle High School head football coach at a special meeting on Friday, April 2.
Acosta joins DVHS from IMG Academy in Florida, where his 2020 season culminated in an 8-0 record, a GEICO High School Bowl Series title, National Championship and a final No. 1 national ranking from both MaxPreps and USA Today.
His resume includes collegiate coaching experience as a head coach at Widener University in Pennsylvania and as an assistant at Cornell, Syracuse, Delaware, College of St. Scholastica (Minnesota), Bucknell (Pennsylvania), and The College of New Jersey. Before his college coaching career, he served as head coach at Monmouth Regional High School in New Jersey. Acosta is a graduate of Rowan University and played four seasons with the school’s football program, reaching the Division III national championship multiple years.
As head coach, Acosta plans to build fast, physical, and instinctive players in a spread no-huddle offense style to promote explosive plays, complemented by a defense with great tacklers focused on technique and disciplined special teams.
His high expectations carry beyond the field of play. “I also want to focus on academic greatness and engaging in our community,” he shared, “We will graduate 100% of our student athletes by engaging them in learning and creating a place for our players to experience growth.”
“Coach Acosta has enthusiasm, drive, and the passion for developing students on the field and supporting them in the classroom,” said DVISD Superintendent Dr. Annette Tielle, “He has a history of coaching highly successful teams, and we are fortunate to have a football leader of his caliber join the Del Valle family.”
In addition to the draw of the school’s world-class athletic facility, Acosta says he found an instant connection with the district’s philosophies and values. As an African American and Hispanic male, who represents the diversity in the district, he will bring an instant connection and serve as a role model to the students at Del Valle.
“I knew I found my new home after meeting with Athletic Director Tawni Angel and Superintendent Tielle,” Acosta said, “Del Valle has a culture of excellence and wants to infuse our students with the tools needed to be successful.”
“I am committed and motivated to make this one of the best programs in Texas and the country,” Acosta said. “I am excited to meet our new families, players, teachers, coaches, and everyone who will help build this program into something special. We want to make Del Valle the place to watch one of the best games ever invented.”