Austin College's Garza closing in on another career milestone
SHERMAN, TX -- Ed Garza's got it made at Austin College.
"I've been here 19 years and I've had 17... 18 winning seasons now," Garza, the Lady Roo head volleyball coach, said.
Nineteen years, more than 500 career wins and he couldn't imagine himself doing anything else.
"People say they get their ideal job, you know, I think I found mine, I mean my calling is to coach and teach and that's what I get to do, I get to teach here, that's one of the things the kids all really want to learn," he added.
If you go into AC's Hughey Gym, you'll likely find him as he's helped hundreds of young women through his program.
"It's absolutely unreal that, I mean, he's been here for so long. He's actually been here as long as I've been alive, which I think is absolutely really cool, he's probably going to hate me saying that on camera, but it's just really definitely a milestone landmark and it's just awesome to be a part of AC history like that," sophomore middle blocker Presleigh Watson said.
There are zero seniors on his 19th team, yet they're still in a position to make a run at the conference tournament. If they could do that, his young squad would be overjoyed.
"It would be awesome because I know he hasn't had one in a while and like he's really hungry for one and so we all are too especially me being here for three years, like I want it really bad so if we make it, I don't even know, I'll probably cry, I would cry," junior middle blocker Reygan Holloman added.
This weekend he could reach another career milestone, 500 wins at AC. As one of NCAA Division III's all time winningest coaches, he knows it wasn't easy getting to this point.
"That's what I've been brought up to believe, you know, I've always worked hard since I was little, you know. If you want something you have to work for it and that's what I try to teach my kids here," he concluded.