AUSTIN (KXAN) — Austin Westlake High School track and football coach Mark Hurst passed away Sunday morning, at the age of 59.
Coach Hurst had been battling cancer.
According to a statement released by Eanes ISD plans for Hurst’s memorial service have been tentatively planned for Monday. Coach Hurst’s family has set up a Facebook page with photos and remembrances of their father and coach.
Coach Hurst began his career at Westlake in 1979 as an art teacher and assistant football and track coach. He was promoted to head Track & Field coach in 1987, and lead the Chaparrals to 15 District Championships during his 28-year tenure. Hurst is one of the winningest Track & Field coaches in the State of Texas.
Eanes ISD honored Coach Hurst in 2014 by naming the track at Chaparral Stadium after him.
“Mark Hurst has been a beloved coach, friend, and mentor at Westlake High School and within our community,” said Todd Dodge, Westlake’s Athletic Director. “His contributions on and off the field are immeasurable, and his impact on generations of student-athletes is incredible. This is a tremendous loss for our Westlake Family, we will miss him dearly.”
Coach Hurst graduated from Texas Tech University.