Former Robstown athletic drector Armando Gonzalez will be inducted Saturday in the Coastal Bend Coaches Association Hall of Honor.
The banquet will be at noon at the Bayfront Plaza Hotel in Corpus Christi.
Gonzalez graduated from Robstown High School in 1964 and coached for 38 years. He served on the Coastal Bend Coaches Association Board of Directors two different times. He has also been a member of the Texas Classroom Teachers Association and a member of the Texas High School Coaches Association during his whole career.
Gonzalez's coaching career began 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 regionals every year. Cross country won district and both the girls and boys basketball teams had the winningest records in 17 years.
The baseball team made four consecutive trips to the state tournament, winning back-to-back state titles in 1991 and 1992.
He 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, Gonzalez became the head football coach and athletic director at Benavides High School.
After two years at Benavides, Gonzalez returned to Kingsville, 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.
Gonzalez said he is not quite ready to hang up his coaching shoes for good and he is looking to coach a few more years.
Gonzalez and his wife, Yolanda, have two daughters, Roxana Sanchez and Rhonda Gonzalez, and two grandchildren. The family has made their home in Kingsville for 30 years.