Call him the "Duke of the Diamond".

When the Laredo Times crowned Mario Garcia the 1974 High School Batting Champion, little did anyone know that the Nixon High School standout would bring home-run glory to the community, leading the Alexander High School Bulldogs Baseball team to 12 winning seasons, culminating in impressive district, regional and state recognition.

For Garcia, it’s a combination of the love of the game, the challenges of coaching and the joys of working with youngsters that drives him. Prior to becoming Alexander’s head baseball coach. Garcia taught at what is now Laredo Community College, the Laredo Job Corps Center and United High School, instilling in his students the same dedication and discipline he teaches on the diamond. While baseball remains his first love, Garcia also served as an assistant football coach at Lamar Middle School, United High School and Alexander High School, before taking on the reins of the Bulldogs’ baseball program in 2008.

Under his leadership, the Bulldogs have become perennial championship contenders, most recently as the 2013 5A State Region IV Quarterfinalists. In 2011 and 2012, the Bulldog Baseball Team earned back to back trips to the 5A State Regional IV Finalist “Elite Eight” division. In 2008, 2009 and 2010, the Bulldogs also made consecutive appearances in the State Playoffs as District Finalists. All told, Garcia holds a record of 257-career baseball wins, as well as multiple designations as Coach of the Year for the All District and All City Teams for six years.

As numerous as the awards, titles and accolades are, Garcia considers his greatest accomplishment to be watching his players succeed on and off the diamond. The championship runs have made the youngsters more focused and dedicated in their post-high school endeavors. While many have found success in the collegiate diamond, others have gone on to graduate from college and prosper in their own right. Whatever path these baseball players may take, they know that home plate bears the name of Mario Garcia.

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Proposed museum location is downtown Laredo, Texas, intersection, Farragut at Juarez Ave.