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            Gil Garza was born and raised in Edinburg, Texas.  He attended Edinburg schools all his life and in 1970 graduated from Edinburg High School.  He went on to play college baseball at Ranger Junior College and at Pan American University.  In 1975 he graduated from Pan American with a Bachelor's Degree in History.

            Coach Garza's teaching/coaching career started with the Edinburg School District in September of 1975.  In 1983, he became the head football and baseball coach as well as the Athletic Director in Edcourch-Elsa.  Garza's football teams advanced to the playoffs twice and his baseball teams advanced four times in the five years he coached the Yellow Jackets.  In 1988 he moved on to PSJA at the head football coach and athletic director.  He led the Bears to the playoffs three times in his short four-year tenure.  He also coached the Bear baseball team in 1991 and led them to the regional finals.  The 1990-91 school year 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 ISD and was in charge of three high schools and five middle schools.

            Coach Garza came to SAISD as its Executive Director of Athletics in March of 2002.  He is in charge of eight high schools and seventeen middle schools.  He 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 playoff competitions."

            As each year passes, we continue to raise our expectations for the athletic program at SAISD.  We are always striving to provide the best of everything for our students.  Working in SAISD has been very rewarding.

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

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