Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi

Omar Garcia

An Outstanding Islander

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When Omar Garcia first visited the Island University in 2007 during his senior year in high school, the Islander baseball catcher sensed a close-knit Athletic community. That, coupled with the University’s location on the Texas Gulf coast, sealed the deal for Garcia, a native of El Paso, Texas, who came here on a baseball scholarship. His senior year, Garcia, was named second-team all-district catcher and all-El Paso honorable mention. In football, he was District 1-5A Offensive MVP, all-state honorable mention, and all-city first team. The sophomore kinesiology major, also earning an emphasis in history, wants to teach history and to coach. After all, it’s in his blood. He comes from a sports-oriented family where his father, who began playing baseball at the Boys and Girls Club, started teaching him the sport early on. His older brother, Marcos, won four football conference titles as a player and one as a student coach at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor. As an Islander, Garcia is most excited about playing division I baseball, under Scott Malone, against some of the best teams in the nation. Last year, Garcia hit .321 in 53 at bats, as a redshirt freshman. In this, his third season, he is now the starting catcher for the team. His future aspiration is to win a conference championship and make NCAA regionals. He is a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, the Student Athlete Advisory Committee and the Islander Mentoring Program. His current 3.7 grade point average has earned him spots on the Athletic Director’s Honor Roll and the Southland Conference Commissioner’s Honor Roll for spring 2009. For relaxation, he enjoys listening to music, hanging out with teammates and playing the acoustic guitar.
 
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