Former Robstown athletic director Armando R. Gonzalez was inducted Saturday into the Coastal Bend Coaches Association Hall of Honor.
Gonzalez, who also served as Robstown's head football coach from 1985 through 1994, was one of three inductees into the Hall of Honor during the 22nd annual banquet at the Ramada Inn Bayfront.
"Robstown is a very special place for me," Gonzalez said during his acceptance speech. "I was born there and I also had the privilege of coaching there for several years."
Gonzalez graduated from Robstown High School in 1964 at enrolled at Texas A&I University in Kingsville.
He began his 38-year coaching career at Seale Junior High School in 1968. After four years there, he moved on to San Diego High School for a year, then back to Robstown where he coached at the high school level for four years.
Gonzalez then went to H.M. King High School in Kingsville in 1977 before going to Riviera Kaufer High School for almost a year.
In April 1985, he returned to Robstown as athletic director and head football coach.
Under his leadership at Robstown, the football team went from 0-10 the first year to 7-3 in 1989.
The track program took several girls and boys to Regional every year. Cross country won district and both the girls and boys basketball teams had their best records in 17 years.
The baseball team made four consecutive trips to the state tournament, winning back-to-back state titles 1991 and 1992.
"No one believed that the program could be turned around," Gonzalez said, "and it was easier said than done, but we did it with a great amount of work and brought dignity and pride to Robstown."
Gonzalez also implemented a scholarship program for graduating student-athletes.
Several football players, as well as others from cross-country, track, tennis and baseball were signed to play at several small colleges and major universities.
Gonzalez stayed at Robstown until 1994, when he went to Beeville.
In 1995, he became the head football coach and athletic director at Benavides High School.
After two years at Benavides, Gonzalez returned to Kingsville where he has lived for 30 years, retiring in 2000.
After a year of retirement, he was invited to return to coaching, this time as a part-time coach.
Six years later, in May 2007, he re-retired.
Along with thanking his family, his wife, Yolanda, and two daughters, Gonzalez also thanked the Robstown coaching staff he had all those years.
Gonzalez said his 38 years was an incredible trip and that he would value the reward the rest of his life.