This is the 14th in a series of biographies on the 28 men behind the benches of the ECHL in 2004-05.
Friday: Nick Vitucci of Toledo
The ECHL recently asked each of its 28 coaches a series of six questions.
Here are the answers given by Texas’ Robert Dirk
Best player you have coached?
Best player who you played with during your career?
What is the toughest ECHL rink for a visiting team?
Mississippi Coast Coliseum
If you weren’t a hockey coach, what profession would you like to try?
Who is the person you admire most?
Your ideal golf foursome would have?
Vince Lombardi, General George Patton, John F. Kennedy
Robert Dirk is in his second season as head coach of the Texas Wildcatters. Dirk returned behind the bench in 2003-04 after spending 2002-03 as vice president of hockey operations for the West Coast Hockey League which suspended operations at the end of 2002-03. Dirk coached two seasons in the WCHL and three seasons in the United Hockey League where he earned Coach of the Year honors in 1997-98. Selected in the third round (53rd overall) by St. Louis in the 1984 National Hockey League Entry Draft, Dirk spent parts of nine seasons in the National Hockey League playing 402 regular season games and 39 playoff games with St. Louis, Vancouver, Chicago, Anaheim and Montreal from 1987-96. Dirk and his wife, Melia, live in Beaumont, Texas with their son, Jagger, and daughter, Aspen.