|Title:||2008 Inductee (Basketball 1951-1954/Baseball 1952-1953)|
Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi has named former University of Corpus Christi (UCC) Basketball and Baseball player, Octavio “O.B.” Garcia as a 2008 inductee into the Athletic Hall of Honor.
Garcia was born and raised in San Diego, Texas where he played basketball for three years and was the salutatorian of the Class of 1951. Garcia didn’t have to travel far to continue his education as well as his stellar playing career. O.B. represented the UCC Tarpons on the basketball court from 1951-1954 and played baseball from 1952-1953 prior to his graduation in the summer of 1954. Again, Garcia did not stray far from his South Texas roots earning a master’s in education from Texas A&I Kingsville in 1957.
Upon graduation, he accepted a job as a math teacher and head basketball coach from 1954-1959 in his hometown, San Diego. Garcia migrated back to Corpus Christi and began a 34-year career with Corpus Christi Independent School District (CCISD). Garcia spent nearly all of his time with CCISD in administrative roles serving as Assistant Principal at both Northside/Coles Junior High School and Miller High School as well as serving as Principal at Martin and South Park Junior high schools. Upon his retirement from CCISD, Garcia accepted a position with his alma mater, now Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, as a part-time teacher recruitment coordinator, a position his still holds today.
Garcia held a number of leadership roles during his professional career including serving on the board of directors of the Texas Association of School Principals, president of the Texas Association of Secondary School Principals, and executive director of the Corpus Christi Principals and Supervisors Association. Garcia has also found time to give back to the South Texas community. He has been a Red Cross Volunteer in the Disaster Services field for more than 40 years and has served two separate terms on the local chapter of the Red Cross board.
In recent years, Garcia has very active on campus at A&M-Corpus Christi. In addition to his position as a teacher recruitment coordinator, he has served as an adjunct professor, and National Alumni president-elect.
Garcia has received numerous accolades during his distinguished career. He is most proud of the fact that the City of Corpus Christi proclaimed May 17, 1985 as O.B. Garcia Day. Garcia was also selected as the top Secondary Principal in Corpus Christi by CCAFT in both 1987 and 1992. He was inducted into the San Diego ISD Hall of Honor in 1995.
Garcia, whose wife Viola is deceased, spends as much time as possible with his daughter and two sons, as well as five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.