Westlake High football coach remembers colleague, friend

Austin Westlake High School track and football coach Mark Hurst passed away Sunday morning, at the age of 59. (Photo from Eanes ISD)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — The Westlake High School family is coming back to school on Monday with a heavy heart after the death of their track coach, Mark Hurst, over the weekend.

Dodge talks about the death of track coach Mark Hurst who died of colon cancer.
Coach Todd Dodge remembers his friend Mark Hurst

Westlake Head Football Coach Todd Dodge says Hurst was not only a colleague but a dear friend who he has known for more than three decades.

“Our football family has dealt a great loss from losing Coach Hurst. He was a role model for young men and women,” remembers Hurst. As a football coach, Hurst was the long time defensive back coach. Hurst was on the staff with the football team in 1996 when Drew Brees was a quarterback and the team won the state championship.

“I want people to remember coach Hurst as what a true professional Texas high school coach is about: tremendous pride, very loyal.”

Eanes ISD honored Hurst in 2014 by naming the track at Chaparral Stadium after him.

Hurst, 59, had been battling colon cancer for the past two years.

Memorial services for Hurst will be Monday, Oct. 12, 2015 at 1 p.m. at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church located at 3525 Bee Cave Rd. in Austin. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be directed to Hospice Austin or to the Hurst Family Educational Fund.

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