Friday, 11 May 2012 10:18
If there is any quit in Rene Garza, it isn’t easy to see.
Sixteen seasons coaching at Mission and 28 years overall, the Mission High School icon announced recently he is stepping down to focus on his health. The longtime coach was diagnosed with Leukemia in 2006 and the long battle against cancer has taken its toll.
“Very difficult decision to make,” said Garza in one-on-one interview with the Progress Times. “It’s time. It is very hard and very difficult for me.”
While it is Garza’s health that is forcing him to step down, it is the idea of giving up his passion for the game that is the most difficult.
“I am going to miss it,” Garza said with a tear in his eye. “I had sixteen wonderful, great and exciting years. Just amazing years. Incredible. It has been a joy and experience just to be the head basketball coach. A privilege and honor. I am the lucky one.”