Rio Hondo tabs Lori Garcia as new girls basketball coach

RIO HONDO — The Rio Hondo Lady Bobcats have found their new girls basketball coach.

Earlier this week, the Rio Hondo ISD school board named former San Benito assistant basketball coach Lori Garcia the program’s head new coach.

She replaces Robert Jaramillo at the position. This will be Garcia’s first head coaching position as she spent the last four years as a varsity assistant under head coach Abel Moreno at San Benito.

“I’m beyond excited for the opportunity,” Garcia said. “It may sound like a cliché, but I’m finally living my dream. I’ve wanted this shot for a long time and when the opportunity opened up, I jumped on it. Everything felt right and I can’t wait to get to work.”

Garcia is no stranger to Rio Hondo. When she was a child, Garcia played basketball in the Deep River summer leagues, and is also from San Benito and played basketball, volleyball, track and softball.

“Living in San Benito, we’re just down the road from Rio Hondo. Seeing them play sports and watching them as a coach has always been a pleasure. I have always had a great amount of respect for Rio Hondo and their athletics,” Garcia said.

Rio Hondo athletic director Rocky James had high praise for his new hoops coach.

“Coach Garcia was highly recommended to me by some basketball coaches that I really respect,” said James. “I feel she is going to do a great job with our Lady Bobcats basketball program.”