Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Statue of Legendary Javelina Coach to be Dedicated September 5

KINGSVILLE - June 11, 2014

Contact: Adriana Garza-Flores
adriana.garza@tamuk.edu or 361-593-4979

A bronze statue of legendary Javelina football coach Gil Steinke will be dedicated at Javelina Stadium on September 5 as a k ickoff to football season and the Hall of Fame banquet.

            Steinke played for the Javelinas from 1945-1948 and served as athletic director and head football coach at Texas A&I University for 22 years. Steinke earned many professional accolades, including leading the Javelinas to six NAIA championships, 10 Lone Star Conference Championships and 39 consecutive victories. He was inducted into both the Texas Sports Hall of Fame and the College Football Hall of Fame.  

            “We are pleased to honor a Javelina legend who remains an important part of our institution’s history,” said Texas A&M-Kingsville President Dr. Steven Tallant. “Gil Steinke’s leadership on and off the field exemplifies character and commitment and sets an excellent example for our current students. His record as a coach is stellar and his legacy in Javelina Nation is unparalleled.”  

            The statue was commissioned by the Texas A&I Alumni Association, an independent group, and given to the university earlier this year.  University officials agreed to develop plans for the statue site near the south entrance to Javelina Stadium. Initial work began in late May and is expected to be completed by the end of summer. Included in the plans are memorial benches and pavers that are being sold by the A&I Alumni Association with proceeds to benefit a scholarship fund for students. For information on the pavers and benches, please email steinkestatue13@yahoo.com or call 979-255-5412.

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