Daisy Garcia joined the football staff at Runge High School in Texas last fall. Now, she’s set to become the first woman to serve as a Texas high school football head coach.
Runge is a small town of just over 1,000 people about 70 miles southwest of San Antonio. The Runge Yellowjackets play in Texas’ Class 2A Division II, the smallest division in the state that still plays 11-on-11 football. Given the school’s size, there are obvious challenges to leading a team, but Garcia is stepping up.
Stephen Davis was promoted to head coach from defensive coordinator in 2020, and led the team to a 5-4 record and a trip to the state playoffs. He resigned in May, and the school is still looking to find a new athletic director as well as head coach.
In the meantime, Garcia will lead the team, in just her second year coaching football in any capacity. She coached running backs and linebackers last year, and was the head coach of the Runge junior high team last year. She wants to make clear that she is just the interim coach as of now, but that shouldn’t take away from her groundbreaking accomplishment in the competitive world of Texas high school football.
As of right now I am just helping with all the behind the scenes stuff. We are still searching for and AD. I am the point of contact nothing official! Just want what is right for all of our athletes.
— Daisy Garcia (@DaisyGa40285835) August 19, 2021
Garcia has taken on a large role within the school district’s athletics overall. She has also coached basketball, volleyball, and softball at the high school level in the area.
“The biggest thing is her prior experience,” Davis, the former head coach, told the Victoria Advocate last year when Garcia was hired. “She’s never coached football before but she really fits right in with a bunch of men. She’s willing to learn. When she said she wanted to coach football, you’re not entirely 100 percent on that. A lot of people want to coach football until you have to do it for 50, 60, 70 hours a week and she is.”
Daisy Garcia and Runge High school will make history next Friday, when the Yellowjackets take on Flatonia.
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