Beginning his sixth season at the University of Houston, Joe Kirt, has become a mainstay of the Cougar soccer program.
As first-assistant, Kirt's primary duties include coaching the goalkeepers, as well as recruiting, providing on-field instruction, preparing scouting reports for upcoming games, coordinating the Houston Cougar Soccer Camp and NCAA compliance.
Currently, Kirt is a member of the training staff for the Texas Premier Futbol Club in Houston where he has spent the last four years coaching girls' high school teams and proving goalkeeper training for the club.
In addition to coaching Texas Premier, Kirt also assists with the South Texas Olympic Development Program, focusing on coaching and player evaluation.
A native of Brookfield, Wis., Kirt came to Houston after accumulating extensive coaching experience at area soccer camps and clinics around the Wisconsin area. He gained experience coaching the Waukesha Stampede Soccer Club and also held duties as the goalkeeper coach for three years at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh High School Camps and Youth Clinics. Kirt's responsibilities at the camps included developing and implementing daily training regimens for the goalkeepers.
Kirt earned his playing experience at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh from 1995-97. Playing in the goal, he was named a Wisconsin Inter-Collegiate Coaches Association first-team. As a player Kirt demonstrated his leadership abilities on the soccer field and was named team captain during his senior season.
In his free time, Kirt enjoys spending time with friends playing golf and participating in various outdoor activities.