Second-year head coach Blake Joseph injected new energy into his staff recently with the hire of Joaquin Garcia, who makes the move over from Conroe. Garcia will serve as Defensive Coordinator for the Mustangs and brings a wealth of experience.
From the collegiate ranks, Garcia served under coaches Tony Levine and Tom Herman at the University of Houston (2012-2016) and Willie Simmons at Prairie View A&M (2017).
A graduate of Katy High School, Garcia was part of three state titles with Big Red, as a player in 1997 and two as an assistant coach in 2007 and 2008.
"It's exciting," said Garcia. "I'm glad to be a part of what's going on here, we have some good things going on. They were young last year, but we have some guys coming back and certainly, we have to create some depth and focus and work with the younger guys."
Garcia will be joining a fairly new staff with Joseph taking over last year at Mag West. Garcia was also part of Cedric Hardeman's initial staff with the Conroe Tigers back in 2017.
Helping form a new culture and player development will be levers and pistons for building the defensive machine.
"Statistically we're going to talk in our meetings about what is takes statistically to win football games," said Garcia. "The formula for winning 'explosives', winning the kicking game, the red zone, third down, playing great defense and making the offense be a part of the defense with field position."
The Mustangs return three All-District players in Luke McCaffety (2021, DL, 1st Team), Hayden Jansky (2022, DE, 1st Team), and Brady Dygert (2021, OLB, 2nd Team. They are scheduled to begin their season on Friday, August 28 at Brenham.
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