HOUSTON - Wednesday morning’s practice at Texans training camp was open to the public, but while thousands of fans focused on their favorite Texans players, one observer was focused on the actions of Texans head coach Gary Kubiak.
That interested observer was Rene Hancock. He was Gary Kubiak’s head coach during his high school career at St. Pius.
“He’s hollerin’ at ‘em ... Go.Go.Go. If you watch the players, they go to the whistle,” observed Hancock.
Hancock beams with pride when talking about his former star quarterback. Gary Kubiak led St. Pius High School to 3 state football titles. His 6,190 career passing yards set a state high school record that stood for many years. Even back then, according to Hancock, he and his staff referred to Koob as a “coach on the field.”
“We saw it as a Freshman. He came right on in. I started him midway through the season and all the seniors fell right in," Hancock said. "He’s just a natural leader, you know?”
Kubiak also won two state TAPPS Baseball titles while at St. Pius. He was a standout basketball player and track star. Still, Hancock says, “He never had an attitude. Never had an arrogant attitude and he’s still the same today.”
Kubiak’s critics say he’s “too easy-going” to win a championship, but Hancock doesn’t believe that for a minute.
“If you watch him at practice, he don’t miss nothin’. He don’t miss nothin’,” Hancock said after practice. “He’s won quite a few big ones. I think he’s got six Super Bowl rings right now and I think he’s going to get a few more here!”
As for that former St. Pius Quarterback, Kubiak says it’s always comforting when he sees his high school coach on the sideline.
“He’s a special man in my life. He was my high school coach, teacher and I worked for him when I was a kid. You name it, he was a big part of my life. It’s a great reminder of where you come from and that’s why it’s always special to me to wake up every day and work for my hometown. I grew up 5 minutes down the road, so it’s pretty special every day.”
Watching Hancock, you can tell he’s enjoying Kubiak’s success just as much as his former pupil is.