ROBSTOWN — Coach Arturo Garcia has been here before.
A journeyman coach and a veteran of the South Texas coaching circuit, Garcia’s resume is long and highlighted by a handful of head coaching jobs, but it’s the work he did at Santa Rosa in the Rio Grande Valley that seemingly makes him the right man to take over the Robstown football program.
In 2013, Garcia took over a Santa Rosa program which was down on its lucky and 1-9 the year before. In the same year that the defensive-minded coach joined the Warriors, Santa Rosa experience a remarkable turnaround, Santa Rosa went from 1-9 and 0-6 in district in 2012 to 8-3 and district champions in 2013. Garcia was named the All-Valley Coach of the Year that season. It was Santa Rosa’s first district title since 2007.
The people in charge of Robstown’s school district are now hoping Garcia can repeat that kind of success with the Cotton Pickers, who haven’t had a winning season since 2010.
Garcia was selected as Robstown’s new coach and athletic director at a special meeting held by the board of trustees Monday night. He replaces coach Richard Kattner, who was 4-26 in his three seasons in Robstown.
Aside from Santa Rosa, Garcia, who had been on the Robstown coaching staff as an assistant since 2016, had head coaching stays at San Diego and Falfurrias. His longest stay was 10 seasons at Santa Maria, where he was 25-76. Garcia also spent a season as an Alice assistant coach under Chris Soza.
In all, Garcia’s career spans 27 seasons.
“Our student athletes to be well prepared and ready to tackle new challenges. We will be aligning all athletic endeavors with the district’s vision of bringing our program to the next level,” Garcia said.
Superintendent Dr. Maria Vidaurri expressed her enthusiasm with the announcement.
“We are so excited about moving our athletic program in a positive direction, which will entail increasing participation and competitiveness among our student athletes. We are confident that Coach Garcia is a leader who will set the bar high and deliver the results that our students deserve,” she said.