Published or Revised November 16, 2016
Gonzalo Garza Jr. is in his second year of the Lady Dragons women’s basketball team. Previously, Garza was the Varsity Girls Basketball Coach and Athletic Director at the Athlos Leadership Academy in Brownsville, Texas.
“I am honored and humbled to lead and serve as the next head coach for the PJC Lady Dragons,” said Garza. “I look forward to establishing a culture of success and excellence in all aspects of the basketball program. My family and I are extremely excited to join such a welcoming PJC family and Paris community.”
Garza has extensive experience as a basketball coach. He was the Head Boy’s Varsity basketball coach at Saint Joseph Academy High School from 2012-2014 and a Volunteer Assistant basketball coach for the Houston Rockets NBA Developmental League Affiliate, Rio Grande Valley Vipers in 2011-2012. During his tenure with the Vipers, he was responsible for developing and conducting workouts for current NBA players and International Players.
He served as an assistant basketball coach at McMurry University (NCAA Division III) from 2006-2008, including the season they were American Southwest Conference West Division Champions, and earning a spot in the American Southwest Conference Regional Playoffs.
Prior to that he was the Assistant Men’s basketball coach at Collin County Community College (NJCAA Division I) in Plano, Tx from 2004-2006, which included a third place finish in conference and an NJCAA Region V playoff appearance. Between 2001-2003, he was the Men’s Assistant basketball coach at Clarendon Junior College (NJCAA Division I) in Clarendon, Texas assisting the team to their first NJCAA Region V playoff appearance in 21 years.
Garza started his coaching career as the Boy’s Junior Varsity basketball coach and Assistant Varsity basketball coach in 2000-01 at San Benito High School and held the same role at St. Joseph Academy in 1999-2000.
Garza has directed numerous basketball skill camps around the nation and has also founded, coached and served as president of several youth basketball sports organizations.
In college, he played basketball for the NCAA Division I University of Texas Pan American from 1995-1998.
“Coach G” also served as a lecturer-field specialist in Kinesiology – Health and Human Performance for the University of Texas – Brownsville (2008-2014), the same school where he received his Bachelor of Science. Garza’s Master of Science in Kinesiology is from the University of Texas Pan American.
Garza and his wife, Stephanie have two children, Aidan Jett and Isabella Grace.
Making the leap this year from player to PJC Assistant Women’s Basketball Coach is Gabrielle Scott. She graduated with her Bachelor’s of Business Administration from Texas A&M University - Commerce in 2015, and has been working on her MBA in Business Administration while finishing her career as a player for the Lions as team captain.
She began playing for TAMU-C after transferring from Prairie View A&M University in the Southwestern Athletic Conference where she had been recruited to play after high school. At Commerce she was added to the 2014-2015 roster and led the team in scoring, navigating the tough Lone Star Conference.
Though she missed her first two seasons at Prairie View due to injury, Scott returned in the 2012-13 season to help the team win the SWAC Championship, giving her the opportunity to compete at the highest level of NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball.
Prior to attending Prairie View A&M, Scott graduated from Vancleave High School in Vancleave, Miss. There she averaged 21 points with four assists and three steals during her senior year. Her parents are Monica and Shervin Scott, and her younger sister is Alex.