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Former Victoria coach honored by Howard Payne

Nov. 23, 2011 at 5:23 a.m.
Updated Nov. 24, 2011 at 5:24 a.m.


Melinda Kirst, who coached in Victoria for 17 years, was recently inducted into the Howard Payne University Sports Hall of Fame.

Kirst is currently the athletic director for the Lockhart school district, a position she has held since the spring of 2008.

Kirst is one of nine women in the state of Texas to be the athletic director for male and female programs.

Kirst was a member of the first volleyball team at San Antonio Jefferson.

She was instrumental in bringing women's sports to Howard Payne as a member of the school's intercollegiate sports committee.

Krist was a member of the Brownwood school's first women's volleyball team and was a co-captain of the team for two seasons and was named the team's outstanding hitter her junior and senior years.

Kirst began her coaching career at Smithson Valley in 1978 and went on to coach at San Antonio Clark before coming to Victoria in 1990.

Kirst coached volleyball, basketball, track and field, golf and softball at St. Joseph from 1990 through 1996.

Kirst was the head volleyball coach and also coached girls basketball at Victoria High from 1996 to 2000.

Kirst became the head volleyball coach and girls athletic coordinator at Memorial when the school opened after Victoria High and Stroman were consolidated in 2000.

She left in 2007 to become the volleyball coach at Lockhart.

Kirst's hustband, Carl, was formerly the transportation director for the Victoria school district.

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