Inspired by his father, who played city baseball, Steve grew up loving the game. Steve played little league baseball, was a 4 year letterman, an all-district shortstop for Robstown #5, played division 1 baseball at Pan American and capped his career with a college World Series appearance in 1971. Coach Castro began his career at Robstown High School in 1975 as an assistant coach under head coach and mentor, Martin Perez. In 1983, he became head coach and led the Cotton Pickers to their first ever State quarterfinal appearance. Beginning in 1985, the Cotton Pickers qualified for the state playoffs, 23 of Castros’ 24 seasons with a 13 year (1987-1999) and a second 10 year (2001-2010) consecutive post season streak. During his tenure, the Cotton Pickers made 5 state tournament appearances and in 1991 & 1992 they won back to back 4A state titles. Robstown is the last 4A team to repeat as state baseball champions. Coach Castro boasts a career record of 705 wins and 275 losses. The City of Robstown will forever be synonymous with baseball and the legendary program will always be a source of pride and inspiration for all.
He leaves to cherish his memories to his wife of 41 years, Phyllis Castro; his children, Steve (Vanessa) Castro, Felicia (John) Villarreal, and Stacy (Daniel) Salinas; his brothers and sisters, Pete Castro, Carmen (Rene) Garcia, Ofie Castro (Elia Soliz), Roze (Lalo) Espinoza. He was also blessed with seven grandchildren, Mark Zuniga, Kaylynn Zuniga “KK”, Daniel Salinas, Jr., Ben Salinas, Hector Serna, Joslynn Villarreal, Adrianna Villarreal and numerous other relatives, friends, and all the Cotton Picker faithful.
A Rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, October 21, 2015 at the Robstown High School Auditorium in Robstown, Texas. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 1 p.m. on Thursday, October 22, 2015 at The Robstown High School Auditorium in Robstown, Texas. Burial will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery in Robstown, Texas.
Arrangements Entrusted To: Ramon Funeral Home, Inc.