Bob “Coach” Henriquez is deeply rooted to the community he serves. A fifth-generation resident of Tampa, Bob was born and raised in that city and his great grandfather, Enrique Henriquez, was the last mayor of West Tampa before it was annexed into the City of Tampa in 1925.
Guided by working-class parents devoted to him and his three siblings, Bob has been driven by a desire to help those around him. He built the foundation for that goal by achieving academic success at Tampa Catholic High and Princeton University. At both schools, Bob learned the importance of teamwork as a starting offensive lineman on the football squads.
Soon after graduating from Princeton, Bob went to work for Hillsborough County’s Streets & Addresses department to help enhance its 9-1-1 program. Later, he joined the county’s Planning Commission to assist in growth management.
In 1998, Bob followed his ambitions to serve his community to a new level when he was elected to the Florida Legislature as a State Representative. There, he developed a reputation as a legislator eager to put aside party politics for the good of his constituents. After four terms in office, Bob was appointed to head up the Pinellas and Pasco counties division of the Department of Children and Families. He served in that role for three years.
Interwoven with Bob’s public service has been his tireless work molding the lives of young men as a football coach. Bob served two stints as head coach at Tampa Catholic, from 1990-99 and again from 2005-2012. In 2007, TC reached the state championship game for the first time in school history and the Crusaders returned to that stage in 2009. During his tenure at TC, Bob’s teams compiled a record of a 128-71, reached the playoffs 13 times and won seven district crowns. Bob also served as an assistant coach at Jefferson High.
After winning the election of Hillsborough County Property Appraiser in 2012, Bob made the decision to step down as head coach at TC in order to focus his energies on the constitutional responsibilities of his office. He now leads a new “team” with his same ambitions: to serve the public with fairness, professionalism and humility.
Bob and his wife, Carrie Henriquez, are the proud parents of their son, Drew Alexander, and their two daughters, Elin Mackenzie and Emma Elizabeth. Bob enjoys time with his family, along with fishing, golf and going to the gym.