Gil Steinke is a charter member of the Javelina Hall of Fame. He was a letterman in football, basketball and track and field. He was inducted in 1972.
Steinke was All-Alamo Conference and still holds the school record for most yards rushing in a season (1,074).
After playing with the Javelinas, he was with the Philadelphia Eagles for five seasons where he led the National Football League in punt returns and held an Eagle team record for most interceptions in a game (3).
Steinke, a native of Ganado, was a member of the “T” Association and president of his junior class.
He received his bachelor’s degree in 1942 and his master’s degree in 1958.
After coaching in the high school ranks and at Oklahoma State, Trinity and Texas A&M, Steinke returned to his alma mater to become the athletic director and head football coach. He directed the team to national titles in 1959, 1969 and 1970. The Javelinas have won Lone Star Conference championships in 1959, 1960, 1967, 1968, 1969 and 1970.
Steinke has received several coach of the year honors.
He is married to the former Mary Houston of Alice and the couple has twin sons, Larry and Leslie, and a daughter, Jan.