Robert Wilcox collected 145 victories over a stellar 24-year coaching career on the gridiron. 

However, the victories or games themselves didn’t stick out the most to Wilcox, as much as his relationship with his players. 

The above bond held especially true during his last four years as the Alvin Yellowjackets’ head football coach. 

“We have such hard working kids,” said Wilcox, who spoke to The Alvin Advertiser Jan. 30 about his impending retirement from the football coaching ranks after telling his players the news. “These kids do everything we ask them to do and they busted their tail doing it. 

“We would ask them to come in after school and they would come in after school. We asked them to be early and they would be early. They accepted what we were trying to do with an open mind and a willing heart.” 

Wilcox said he felt “it was time to step aside and do something else.” 

“Forty-three of my 55 years have been either playing or coaching football and it’s all that I know,” he said. “I still have all the energy I’ve ever had to coach football, but I never wanted to be one of those guys who hung on one year too long. I know I will eventually be. 

“I would rather go out with my tank having some gas in it, as opposed to running on empty.” 

The Lamar University and United States Sports Academy graduate will take a few weeks to “figure out” what his next move will be. 

“I have no idea what I want to get in to,” Wilcox said. “Right now, I can only tell you what I won’t do and that’s coach football. I’m not going to think about cover two or cover three, whether we should run the sweep or pass the ball. 

“I’m going to enjoy the decision I made and feel good about that decision. I will then worry about the future a little bit down the road.” 

Wilcox’s other coaching stops came at Kingsville, Huntsville, Round Rock McNeil, Royse City and Arp. Four of the five programs endured losing seasons before he arrived. 

Wilcox posted a 145-117 head coaching record during a 24-year span, which included 12 playoff teams, eight district championships, seven bi-district championships, four regional championships and three state quarterfinalists over the last two decades. 

During his four-year stint at Kingsville, Wilcox took a 0-10 program to back-to-back district championships in 2012 and 2013. The 2012 title was the Brahmas’ first in 54 years. 

Wilcox then came to Alvin in 2014, where his best season came in 2015 when the Yellowjackets finished 6-4. 

“Obviously we wanted to win more games,” he said. “But at the end of the day, I never feel like I’m going to be judged by what we did on the field. I think the man upstairs is going to ask me, did you do right by kids? Help young men become something. 

“That’s the most important thing. The kids know they’re not the best athletes, but they sure try. I couldn’t be prouder of the way they competed every Friday night.” 

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