Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday

Josh Garcia returns to Arizona to begin his first year as a full-time assistant coach after spending last season working as an assistant at Yavapai Community College in Prescott, Ariz. For the Wildcats, Garcia will instruct corner infielders and hitters, assist in all aspects of recruiting, coach first base during games and handle various other duties inside the program.

A former player and staff member at Arizona from 2010-13, Garcia spent the 2013-14 season at Yavapai where he served as recruiting coordinator, strength and conditioning coach, “Mile High” Camp director, hitting instructor and outfield instructor. Among other responsibilities, Garcia’s duties included coaching third base, running team offense and managing in-game substitutions.

With the Roughriders, Garcia mentored three all-ACCAC hitters, including Luke Doyle (.369), Brody Clifford (.324) and Andrew Hermanson (.346). Yavapai ranked first in doubles (125) and slugging (.462), second in home runs (27), third in batting (.317) and fourth in stolen bases (99) in the ACCAC.

Garcia’s first coaching experience was at his alma mater in Tucson where he spent two seasons on the coaching staff. After playing for the Wildcats in the 2010-11 campaigns, Garcia accepted an undergraduate assistant coaching position in 2012, when he earned his degree in religious studies with a minor in sociology. He was a vital part of the coaching staff that helped guide the Wildcats to their fourth national championship and a share of the Pac-12 Conference title.

During that season, Garcia served as the team's bench coach during games and he worked closely with UA's corner infielders throughout the season. Along with his in-game duties where he helped manage defensive substitutions and pinch hitters, Garcia also was an integral part of the coaching staff in preparing opposing scouting reports and he fulfilled various other responsibilities on a daily basis.

Garcia returned to the staff in 2013 as a volunteer assistant coach when he worked directly with outfielders, hitters, coaching first base, scouting and coordinating the Andy Lopez Baseball Academy camps.

In his two-year playing career as a Wildcat, Garcia played in 65 games and made 47 starts. He hit .259 with 11 home runs, 31 runs scored and 43 runs batted in. As a senior in 2011, Garcia belted a team-leading eight homers and was a clutch option off the bench when used a pinch-hitter, as he went 6-for-8 in the season.

Prior to his enrollment at Arizona, Garcia starred at South Mountain Community College in Phoenix, Ariz., during the 2008-09 seasons. He was named to the All-ACCAC team as a sophomore after hitting.360 with five home runs and 13 doubles. He was also named All-Region and All-Conference as a freshman.

Garcia was in the 46th Round of the 2007 MLB First-Year Player Draft by the Arizona Diamondbacks with the 1,354th overall pick following a successful career at Brophy College Preparatory in Phoenix, Ariz. As a senior in 2007, Garcia hit 13 home runs and was named to the Arizona Republic's 5A All-State team. He was also recognized on the Rawlings and Louisville Slugger All-American teams.