Robert C. Kirk
Sport(s): Track & Field (Men's)
Robert C. Kirk Jr. ’71 was a four-year track standout at DePauw, competing in the high jump and sprint relays, but excelling as a horizontal jumper. He set indoor and outdoor triple jump records, and set a new outdoor long jump record his senior year on his last jump at Blackstock Stadium. Starting his sophomore year he won three consecutive indoor GLCA long jump titles. His junior year he placed 8th in the triple jump in the Division III NCAA Championships. Kirk was elected track team co‑captain both junior and senior years and was named Most Valuable both years. He received Coach Robert Harvey’s coveted Gold Brick award twice. He also played varsity football for two seasons. Kirk graduated from DePauw with a degree in psychology, and after earning an athletic coaching degree and a teaching certificate, began his career in 1975 at the Columbus (Ohio) Academy, his alma mater, as an elementary school English teacher and varsity track coach. He later completed a master’s degree from The Ohio State University in English education, and he was one of only 12 teachers selected from an international pool to receive a Klingenstein Fellowship to Columbia University where he earned a master’s degree in private school leadership. His coaching highlights include 13 league championships, 10 district championships, four regional championships, three state championship runners-up and two state championships. He was named Central District Coach of the Year 11 times. He and his wife Lucinda (Tucker) ’71 live in the Columbus, Ohio area with heir daughter Carmen.