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Davis grad Tim Garcia will lead Hawks
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Tim Garcia was a member of Mike Glines' coaching staff at Central Catholic High School last season. The Davis High graduate helped develop quarterback Austin Sanford. Sanford passed for 1,655 yards and 20 touchdowns en route to leading the Raiders to the Sac-Joaquin Section Division V championship.

"I was very fortunate to be able to go over there and coach under him," Garcia said. "All I wanted to do was be a fly on the wall, listen to him and absorb everything. I learned a lot about management and work ethic. I'm going to carry that over here."

This year, Garcia will guide Central Valley High's football program. The new high school is fielding sophomore and freshman teams. The Hawks will compete at the varsity level in 2006-07.

"He'll make Ceres proud," Glines said.

Garcia, 24, interviewed for the head coaching job in May. He was hired on July 1. Garcia teaches four strength and conditioning classes at Central Valley.

"He has a tremendous knowledge of the game," said Central Valley High Athletic Director Jeff Rocchi. "We believe he's going to build a great program in this community."

Tim Garcia Sr., Jason Avelar, Antonio Buenrostro, Anthony Castro, Seth Cheek, Debin Cowell, Chris Lawrence and John Vernacchio will provide assistance.

"We all have a real close relationship," Tim said. "A lot of us played at Modesto Junior College. He (Tim Sr.) coached all of us at one time or another."

Garcia starred at quarterback at Grace Davis High School, Modesto Junior College and University of Mary.

The Spartans won a league championship and advanced to the second round of the playoffs twice under Garcia's guidance.

Garcia and the Pirates made history in 2001. Modesto JC ranked in the top 20 in the nation and posted its third-best record in school history (9-2). Garcia had a 170.6 quarterback rating, fourth best in California.

In 2000, Garcia led the Pirates to a 7-3 record. He passed for 1,565 yards and nine touchdowns.

Garcia holds several Modesto JC passing records, including completions in a game (32) and touchdowns in a game (5). He ranks second in passing efficiency (70 percent). The mark was set during his freshman year.

Garcia was just as efficient at the University of Mary.

In 2002, Garcia passed for 2,638 yards and 29 touchdowns en route to leading University of Mary to a sixth-place finish in the NAIA Football Rating Poll.

In 2003, Garcia guided University of Mary to a 9-1 overall record, good for seventh in the NAIA Poll. He completed 64 percent of his passes. Garcia amassed 2,525 yards and 29 touchdowns. He threw just three interceptions.

"He's the type of guy you shouldn't underestimate because of his cool demeanor," said Modesto JC football coach Sam Young. "He's a great competitor."

Garcia will make his debut with the Hawks on Thursday.

"We're going to try to win every game," Garcia said. "I don't expect anything less than that." - By DALE BUTLER / Staff reporter of the Ceres (Calif.) Courier