The Arizona baseball team (13-2) opens a two-game mid-week series at Rice (13-4) tonight at 6 p.m. CDT.
Josh Garcia enters his second season as a member of the Arizona coaching staff and his first as the volunteer assistant coach. Garcia's primary responsibilities include working with the team's outfielders, hitters, coaching first base, scouting and coordinating the Andy Lopez Baseball Academy camps.
In 2012, Garcia joined the coaching as an undergraduate assistant following two successful seasons as a first baseman and designated hitter. Garcia 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.
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.
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.
Garcia earned his degree in religious studies with a minor in sociology from the University of Arizona in 2012.