A man who was part of nine state-title runs in various capacities for local high school football teams has died.
According to media reports, former St. Pius X player and coach Robin Kirk died June 23 at age 64.
Kirk, who retired from coaching in 2018 and also worked as a Houston police officer, left behind quite a legacy. He played for two of the Panthers’ state-championship teams in the early 1970s and later was an assistant coach for three consecutive title-winning teams in 1976-78. Kirk won three more state championships as the Panthers’ head coach in 1999, 2006 and 2007.
“Coach Kirk will truly be missed by the Panther community. He was a talented, tenacious and passionate coach and player, bringing the Panthers numerous victories and glory on the football field,” St. Pius X Head of School Carmen Armistead said. “But even more importantly, he was a great role model and educator for our students. He taught generations of SPX students to be confident and proud and – win or lose – to walk off of the field with grace and humility.”
Kirk also was on St. Thomas High School’s coaching staff when the school won a state championship in 1996. He also had head-coaching stints at Hidalgo High School (2009-11) in South Texas and Austin High School (2015-17) in Houston.