Gary Robinson, the former Krum football coach who resigned in August due to family health reasons, has been hired as the head coach at Joshua.
The Cleburne Times-Review first reported Robinson's hire Thursday. He takes over for former coach Mike Burt, who had been serving as the Owls' head coach and athletic director for the past five seasons. Burt is now the school's full-time AD, and Robinson will be tasked with trying to get Joshua back to the playoffs for the first time since 1996.
Robinson was the only coach Krum had known and appeared to have every intention of returning for the 2017 season. But he resigned just days before the opener. Robinson told the Denton Record-Chronicle at the time that his 7-year-old son had been diagnosed with neurofibromatosis Type 1 (NF1), a rare genetic disorder that can affect multiple systems of the body.
"We're doing good," Robinson told the Times-Review. "He's a lot better. ... We've been to a lot of specialists and a lot of doctors, and they say hopefully it's going to be mild for him."
Krum started varsity play in 2012 and never missed the playoffs under his tutelage. In 2015, the team enjoyed its deepest playoff run to date before losing to Celina in a Class 4A region final.
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