In his first year as a head coach at the college level, Garcia
brings 5 years of professional baseball experience to the Parkland
Baseball staff. He spent four seasons with the River City Rascals and
was the bench coach for the 2010 team that won the Frontier
League championship. In 2011 the Rascals tied the Frontier League record for wins (68) during the
regular season before falling to the Slammers in the Frontier
League Championship Series. Eight of the players Garcia has coached have been signed to
affiliated baseball. Coach Garcia spent 2013 as the hitting coach of
the Joliet Slammers before leaving professional baseball in August to coach at his
alma mater Parkland College.
Coach Garcia has spent the last 9 years as the head baseball coach/AD at
Putnam County High School. Garcia led the Panthers to the Sweet 16 in
2011 and to a State Runner Up finish in 2013. Garcia has helped over
25 area baseball players move on to play collegiate baseball. In his 5 years
as the head varsity coach Garcia collected a career record of 124-51 for the Panthers.
As a player, Coach Garcia played at Parkland College from 1998-2000. In the
fall of 1999, Garcia signed to play at Northern Illinois University. Following his
senior season he signed a professional contract to play in the Frontier League for
the Rockford Riverhawks.
Coach Garcia has been happily married to his wife Jen since 2004. They have two
daughters McKenna (7) and Macie (2).