October 27, 2016
Brett Stewart, Houston Texans marketing coordinator for youth football, congratulates Cypress Falls High School Head Football Coach for winning the Houston Texans Coach of the Week award on Oct. 25 at the school. (Photo by Brayan Crescencio, Cypress Falls HS)
By Alise Maxie, Cypress Falls HS
Oct. 27, 2016—Cypress Falls High School veteran Coach Kirk Eaton received the Houston Texans Coach of the Week award during the Golden Eagles’ practice Oct. 25.
Brett Stewart, Texans marketing coordinator for youth football, accompanied by Texans cheerleaders Sasha and Julie, presented the award to Eaton in front of his team.
Joined by his Golden Eagle student athletes, Cypress Falls High School Head Football Coach Kirk Eaton displays a Houston Texans Coach of the Week certificate. (Photo by Brayan Crescencio, Cypress Falls HS)
The Houston Texas Coach of the Week award, presented by Houston Methodist, is a weekly award given to a Houston-area coach who has been nominated by the community.
In recognition of the Golden Eagles’ 27-10 win over Cypress Woods on Oct. 7, the Texans presented Eaton with a $2,500 check for the Cypress Falls football program and a signed certificate from Texans Head Coach Bill O’Brien.
“From a student's standpoint, getting to see their coach receive this award is huge,” Stewart said. “They get to see someone who they directly interact with each and every day get honored, and notified to the community that, ‘Hey this guy is doing something great.’”
Texans cheerleaders Sasha, left, and Julie congratulate Cypress Falls Coach Kirk Eaton for winning the Houston Texans Coach of the Week award. (Photo by Brayan Crescencio, Cypress Falls HS)
This is not the first award presented to Eaton over his career. In 2015, he was named High School SportsZone Honda Coach of the Week and was one of 10 finalists for the Touchdown Club of Houston Coach of the Year award.
“I kind of take them all in stride, but there are about 71 players out there and 15 other coaches, so to just put my name on any one award is just silly,” Eaton said. “I’m very appreciative of the Texans and the program they have, but to say that we win or do anything good because of me is silly. It’s more about the team.”
Brett Stewart, Houston Texans marketing coordinator for youth football, speaks to Golden Eagle football players about Coach Kirk Eaton’s Texans Coach of the Week award.(Photo by Brayan Crescencio, Cypress Falls HS)
Eaton started coaching because of his high school coach, Amarillo High’s Larry Dippel, and wanted to create the feeling of being on a big team. He was the youngest coach on the staff when he was hired at Cypress Falls, and has now been coaching for 22 years.
“He treated me the right way,” Eaton stated about Dippel. “He fostered a great relationship and when I thought of what I could do as a career, I just decided, what better profession than that? I’ve been doing it ever since.”