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Gil Garza,
Athletic Director

Gil Garza was born and raised in Edinburg, Texas. He attended Edinburg schools all of his life and in 1970 graduated from Edinburg High School. In 1975 he graduated from Pan American University with a bachelor's degree in History.

Coach Garza's career started with Edinburg School District in September of 1975. In 1983 Coach Garza became the head football and baseball coach as well as the Athletic Director in Edcouch-Elsa. In 1988 he moved on to the PSJA as head football coach and Athletic Director. He led the Bears to the state play-offs the last 3 years. The school year 1990-91 was very special for him because as the head coach of both football and baseball teams, the Bears won Area Championships in both sports. In 1992, he was named the full time athletic director at PSJA I.S.D. and was in charge of three high schools and five middle schools.

Mr. Garza states: "Athletics has always been an important part of my life. Growing up, I participated in community and school athletics. I learned to compete, respect, communicate and work with my coaches and teammates. As I direct girls' and boys' athletic programs, I keep education as the central focus of all decisions made by me and my staff. As a result, our athletes are very successful and have experienced many "play-off competitions."

As we achieve our goals, I look toward new challenges to improve our athletic program.

Coach Garza is married to Marissa and they have 3 beautiful children; Lauren, Katie and Jacob.

Gregg Williams,
Assistant, Boys Program
210-735-9331 ext. 103
Fax 210-735-0250

Hello. My name is Gregg Williams. I am presently the assistant athletic director for the boys program. I am originally from San Marcos, Texas and attended public school there. I received my B.A degree from Southwest Texas State University in 1974 and completed my Masters degree a Our Lady of the Lake University in 1980.

I began my teaching/coaching career with the San Antonio Independent School District in 1974 as the freshmen football coach at Edison High School. I became the head football coach at Edison in 1981. Thru my career as head coach our football teams made 5 playoff appearances, won 2 district championships, and 1 bi-district championship.

I became assistant athletic director in 1995 and relocated to the central athletic department. The sports that I work with include: football, basketball equipment and baseball. Some of my duties and responsibilities are supervising athletic events, athletic equipment, working with athletic coordinators, inventories, scheduling, travel for athletic teams, officials payments and UIL issues.

Some of my hobbies are hunting as much as I can and when I can't hunt I go fishing or just relax in front of the television. My wife Sue takes care of me and my two children Lindy and Robert.

Sandra Tapia
Assistant, Girls Program
210-735-9331 ext. 104
Fax 210-735-0250

Hello, my name is Sandra Tapia. I am the Assistant Athletic Director for the girl’s program. I was born and raised in San Antonio, attended St. Mary Magdalen Elementary and Middle School, and graduated from Providence High School. I received a softball scholarship to St. Mary’s University and received my B.A. degree in English and Physical Education. I received my Masters Degree and Educational Administration Certification from Texas A&M – Kingsville.

I began my teaching and coaching career in SAISD at John G. Whittier Middle School in 1983. In 1985 I was hired as a teacher/coach in NISD. I taught and coached at the middle school level for 5 years before moving up to the high school level where I taught and coached for 9 years. During that time, I led the Taft girl’s track team to 3 consecutive district championships, 1 regional championship and had state qualifiers every year. I was named Track Coach of the year in 1994 by the Express and News and selected as Track Coach of the year by the Texas Girls Coaches Association in 1996. I became a Vice Principal in 1997 at Holmgreen Jr./Sr. High School, and moved to John Marshall High School as Assistant Principal from 1999-2005.

I am thrilled to be back in SAISD and hope that my knowledge, experience and passion in both athletics and administration will be an asset to this position.


Rex Hartwig, Coordinating Trainer
210-735-9331 ext. 112
Fax 210-735-0250

Hello my name is Rex L. Hartwig. I am originally from Cortland Nebraska. I received my M.S. degree from University of Arizona and B.A. from the University of Nebraska in Health Education.

I began my employment career with the San Antonio Independent School District in 1977 as athletic trainer at Highlands High School. In 1980 I was placed at the central athletic office serving as the coordinating trainer coordinating the eight athletic trainers on the high school campuses, organizing work schedules, physical and insurance claims.

I am also a member of the National Athletic Trainers Association, Southwest Athletic Trainer Association and Alamo Athletic area Trainer's Association.

I enjoy music, playing golf, traveling, and spending time with my eight-year-old son, Ryan.

Dianne McNeil-Henderson, Executive Secretary
210-735-9331 ext. 105
Fax 210-735-0250

Hello. I am Dianne McNeil-Henderson. I have been employed by the San Antonio Independent School District for 21 years. I an a product of the SAISD school system graduating from Brackenridge High
School. I began my career with the district working in the Purchasing Department working as a buyer of office and classroom supplies for 5 years. Shortly after that I have spent the next 16 years in the Athletic Department. I have always loved athletics and sports and have enjoyed my work in the athletic department. I have had the opportunity of meeting a lot of athletic celebrities such as Tim Duncan, David Robinson. Oscar DelaHoya Shaquelle O'Neal, Mike Tyson etc. I have worked under two Athletic Directors Henshey Sapenter and E. E. "Diz" Reeves.

I have completed in-services in Computer technology in order to keep up the latest software programs etc. and additional secretarial classes. I have received a lot of on the job training.

I have been married for 10 years. James and I have 2 children Amy and Dominique of whom we are so proud.

Some of my hobbies are singing, home decorating, party planning, playing the piano and traveling.

Nancey Buentello, Secretary, Girls Program
210-735-9331 ext. 101
Fax 210-735-0250

My name is Nancy Buentello.

I have been employed with SAISD
since 1995. I have been a secretary in the Athletic Dept since October, 2000. My husband Chris and I have 3 children. I enjoy reading, church, and going to Spur's games.

Shauna Salinas, Secretary, Boys Program
210-735-9331 ext. 102
Fax 210-735-0250

Hello I am Shauna Salinas. I have been employed at SAISD for over 17 years. I started out in the Payroll office for 13 years, and then I spent two and a half years with the Student Support Network. I am currently at the Athletic Office as Gregg Williams' secretary.

I have been married for 15 years to Joe Salinas and we have 2 boys, Michael (13 years old) and Christopher (11 years old). I love spending time with my family and friends.


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Phyllis Sance, Assistant, Middle School and Individual Sports
210-735-9331 ext. 114
Fax 210-734-2561

Hello! I am Phyllis Sance. I have been employed with the SAISD for 16 years working as a Teacher-Coach, and presently as a Teacher Specialist in Athletics.

I was educated by SAISD going to P.F. Stewart, S.H. Gates, Riley, Portwood, and Sam Houston High School. Graduated in 1974 from Sam Houston High School. Received a volleyball scholarship to Sul Ross State University, graduated in 1978 with a Degree in Physical Education, Health, Speech, and a certification in Driver's Education. Received my Master's Degree from Texas A & I University in Mid-Management in 1991.

Began Teaching and Coaching in 1978 at; Harris Middle School (1978-86), John Jay High School (1986-93), Sam Houston High School (1993-2001), and now presently a Teacher Specialist in Athletics.

I have one child, a daughter, Demetria J. Sance who is 23 years old. She is a Olympian in Volleyball. Participated in the Sydney Olympics 2000, and is now a Professional Volleyball Player.

Art Gonzales, Alamo Stadium -
Alamo Convocation Center -
SAISD Sports Complex
210-735-9331 ext. 110
Fax 210-734-2561

My name is Art Gonzales and I am the Assistant Athletic Director/Stadium Manager for the San Antonio Independent School District Athletic Department. I am originally from Uvalde Texas and a Texas A & M University graduate. I have coached at several San Antonio area schools, such as Jefferson, Burbank, and Highlands. I also coached in the Harlandale School District and in the Del Rio area

Working with the youth of our communities has always been a great experience for me. The challenge of molding young lives, being a role model and seeing them grow is the thing that I treasure the most. I really enjoy being a part of the San Antonio Independent School District Athletics program.

I am married (Edna) and I have three children, Javier, 26 Delisa 24, and Michael 22. They are involved in the field of education.

Alice Hofbauer, Secretary, A. S. and ACC Manager
210-735-9331 ext 109
Fax 210-734-2561

Hi! I am Alice Hofbauer. I have been employed by SAISD for 30 years. I started working at the Purchasing Department right after I graduated. I was there for 17 years. This coming September will be my 13th year with the Athletic dept, my assignment is working as the Stadium Manager Secretary for Mr. Stuart McBirnie. Through out the years I have met a lot of great people that work with our District. I have taken computer classes and other classes to teach me the new technology that we have to encounter to improve our jobs.

I graduated from Brackenridge High School. I attended a Community college were I studied secretarial work, which I had been doing since I was in the 8th grade, cause I use to work during the summer as a secretary under the SANYO program at Emerson Middle School with Mr. Glenn Porter, who hired me as a full time employee after I graduated.

Away from the office, I enjoy spending time with my two sons, my sister, and my fiancé. I also enjoy spending time with my friends that I met working with the District, enjoy shopping and going on trips, especially Las Vegas, when I get a chance.

Ralph Salas, Head Custodian, A. S. and ACC
210-735-9331 ext 131
Fax 210-734-2561

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Don Walker, Aquatics Coordinator

Hello. My name is Donald Walker. I am starting my 25th year as an employee for SAISD. I have been serving as SAISD Aquatics Coordinator since 1982. Prior to my current position I was a Mathematics Teacher at Thomas Edison High School.

I am originally from Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania. I received a Bachelor Degree from Clarion University of Pennsylvania, Masters Degree from University of the Incarnate Word and, a Doctorate from Texas A&M University. In addition, I am an adjunct Professor of Psychology at San Antonio College since 1991.

I am a former All-American swimmer in College and currently enjoy competing as part of United States Masters Swimming.

I am married to Sofia and have three children. I enjoy working out, traveling, reading and all types of sports.

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Mike Pinon, Coordinating Groundskeeper


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