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Jorge Garza begins his second season as a full-time member of head coach Rayner Noble's staff in 2009. However, it will be his fourth season overall with the program after working his first two years as a volunteer assistant coach.
Garza serves as the team's hitting coach while working with the infielders. He also will serve as the Cougars' third-base coach.
In 2008, he worked with the Cougar infielders, including Blake Kelso, who recorded a team-high 199 assists at shortstop and was named to the 2008 Louisville Slugger Freshmen All-American Team.
Garza also made his impact felt immediately at the plate. As a team the Cougars batted .301, marking the first time since 2004 that the Cougars hit over .300 as a team.
In 2007, Garza worked with the Cougar outfielders, including Bryan Tully, who recorded a team-best eight assists from right field, the fifth-highest total in UH single-season history.
Altogether, his outfielders posted a combined 14 assists. That marked the second-straight season that Garza's players recorded a Top-15 outfield assist mark in Cougar single-season history.
He wasted little time in making his impact felt with the Cougars in 2006. His outfielders recorded 13 assists in 2006 with Bryan Tully and Jake Stewart recording games with two assists each against Tulane and LSU, respectively.
That marked the first time in more than a decade that two different UH outfielders recorded mulitple assists from the outfield in a game.
Garza, whose first name is pronounced George, was an award-winning prep head coach at Lamar Senior High prior to his stint with UH. After taking over the reins in August 1998, he built a program which earned three District championships (2005, 2004, 2002) and five Bi-District crowns (2000-04) and compiled an impressive 158-57 record during his tenure.
He was named the District 17-5A Coach of the Year and Coach of the Year by the Houston Athletic Committee in 2002 after guiding the Redskins to the District 17-5A championship and a Bi-District title. Two years later, he was recognized as the District Coach of the Year and received a similar honor from the Houston Athletic Committee as the Redskins captured the 2004 District 17-5A crown and the Bi-District championship.
It was Garza's coaching experience and success at the high school level that appealed to Noble. "The main thing that Jorge brings is head coaching experience at the high school level. He knows kids and understands what makes them tick," Noble said. "Also, he has solid relationships with area high school coaches, and we hope that will bolster our recruiting efforts."
In addition to his coaching duties, Garza served as an English teacher at Lamar Senior High.
He joined the staff at Lamar Senior High in August 1997 as an assistant coach and helped lead the team to the 1998 District championship and a Bi-District title during his first season with the program.
Prior to joining Lamar Senior High, Garza began his professional career at Houston's Robert E. Lee Senior High School in January 1994. He served as an assistant coach with the varsity baseball team and helped lead the school to back-to-back Bi-District championships in 1995 and 1996.
In May 1998, he served as the head coach of the Alief Diamondbacks, a semi-pro/college league that featured a mixture of area-college players who traveled and competed around southwest Texas.
He graduated from Texas Tech in 1994 with a bachelor's degree in English and finished his academic career with honors, earning a place on the Dean's List in the spring and summer of 1994.
A Houston native, Garza prepped at Robert E. Lee Senior High School. As member of the baseball team, he competed for a district championship against a Waltrip High School team led by former Cougar assistant coach Kirk Blount.
He is a member of the American Baseball Coaches Association, Texas High School Baseball Coaches Association and the Houston Area Baseball Coaches Association.
Garza is married to the former Patricia Phillips. He also has three children: Sarah, Jake and Kathryn. The family lives in Houston.