David Garcia, a long-time junior college head coach who also has experience at the independent professional level, the Western
“I’m honored to be able to add a coach with the amount of baseball experience at all levels of the game including both collegiately and professionally to our coaching staff,” said Moranda who is entering his 12th season in Cullowhee. “David brings a wealth of championship experience as both a head and assistant coach. He has been very successful most recently with postseason trips and top national finishes at Parkland College, and we are excited to have he and his family join Catamount Nation.”
Over five seasons at Parkland, Garcia compiled a record of 214-88-2 as the head coach, guiding the Cobras to three-straight appearances in the NJCAA Division 2 World Series including a national runner-up finish in 2018. The 2017 squad finished with a 53-8 overall record, placing third nationally. Over his final two seasons, Parkland won a combined 98 games.
Garcia was two-time Mid-West Athletic Conference (MWAC) Coach of the Year selection in 2016 and 2017 and collected Region 24 Coach of the Year plaudits three-straight seasons from 2016 to 2018. He mentored five NJCAA All-America selections while at Parkland with four players taken in the MLB Draft. He also moved 47 players to NCAA Division I programs from the junior college level.
While at Parkland in a full-time capacity, Garcia also helped supervise the athletic facilities, while also working with the fitness center and teaching kinesiology classes.
Garcia got his coaching start at Putnam County High where he served as the head baseball coach and athletic director. Over a seven-year period, Garcia posted an overall record of 124-51. He guided PCHS to appearances in the 1-A state baseball tournament in 2011 and 2013, leading the Panthers to the Sweet 16 in 2011 and a state runner-up finish in 2013. While a prep coach, he helped over 25 players move on to intercollegiate baseball.
Garcia also has eight years of professional baseball coaching experience. He spent four years with the independent Frontier League-member River City Rascals in O’Fallon, Missouri, where he was the bench coach for the 2010 squad that won the league championship. He was also a part of setting a league record with 68 regular season wins in 2011, again as the bench coach while adding assistant hitting coach duties.
Garcia spent a season with the Joliet (Ill.) Slammers as the hitting coach and working with the catchers, as well as working a couple seasons with the Normal (Ill.) Cornbelters as an assistant and hitting coach, both of the Frontier League. Over the past year, Garcia worked as an associate scout with the Los Angeles Dodgers, providing reports on potential prospects from his region that included the Big 10, Missouri Valley Conference, and junior college teams.
All told, 23 of the players he mentored over eight seasons in the independent league went on to sign with an MLB affiliated team.
A Chicago, Ill., native, Garcia played collegiate baseball at Parkland College from 1998-2000 before venturing to Northern Illinois for baseball. Following his senior season, he signed a professional contract to play in the Frontier League with the Rockford (Ill.) Riverhawks.