Gary Robinson has opened up about his decision to resign as Krum's head football coach.
In a phone interview with the Denton Record-Chronicle Wednesday afternoon, Robinson said his seven-year-old son has been diagnosed with Neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1), a genetic disorder that can affect multiple systems of the body. His son had an MRI earlier this week, and a tumor was found on his brain.
His son's struggles, combined with Robinson's own health issues, led him to decide it was time to step away.
"I've been having some heart problems, and with all this happening [with my son], it has flared up again," Robinson said. "With the added stress of football, this is just not a good time.
"I need to be with my son. This is all I know right now."
Robinson is the only football coach Krum has known. Krum superintendent Cody Carroll informed the community of Robinson's resignation in a letter to staff and parents on Wednesday. Allen Oh, Krum's offensive coordinator, will step in as head coach. Oh is going into his eighth year at the school.
"He's got some family health-related reasons [for the resignation]," Carroll said. "Coach Robinson was no doubt a very important part of getting this program where it is now. We will always be grateful to him. The timing of this, of course, is difficult, but we are going to do whatever we can to make this as seamless a transition as possible."
Krum is set to kickoff its season at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Pilot Point.
Krum finished 10-2 last year and won the District 3-4A Division II title. The Bobcats started varsity play in 2012 and have never missed the playoffs. In 2015, the team enjoyed its deepest playoff run to date before losing to Celina in the region final.
STEVE GAMEL can be reached at 940-566-6869 and via Twitter at @NewspaperSteve.