Alumnus Enrique Garcia to be inducted into the PSC Athletic Hall of Fame
Enrique Garcia (Class of 2006), will be inducted into the WVU Potomac State College (PSC) Athletic Hall of Fame on April 22 during the College’s 30th Annual Awards banquet.
With his ‘can do’ attitude, Garcia rapidly set himself apart while a team player, with the Catamount baseball team. Under the auspices of Coach Doug Little, Garcia became one of the country’s top pitchers associated with the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA). He led the Catamounts to fifth-place finishes in the JUCO World Series for 2005 and 2006, all the while compiling a personal record of 14 wins and 4 losses. “My time at Potomac State was incredible. It was my first chance to be on my own and to learn to manage time,” said Garcia.
During his sophomore year in 2006, Garcia set the College’s strikeout record of 103 and went 9 and 1 with a 3.75 ERA. Additionally, Garcia was a 2006 All-JUCO World Series First-Team selection, First Team All-Region, First Team All-Eastern District, and Honorable Mention All-American.
He holds three slots in the Potomac State record books: second place with 173 strikeouts; third place with 143 2/3 innings pitched; and ninth place with 7 games completed. “I've said it before, I wouldn’t have made it this far if not for my time at Potomac State College. I learned refinement and discipline, and that hard work really does pay off. My baseball career has also provided me with great networking opportunities,” declared Garcia.
Garcia also holds the unique distinction of being selected in the Major League Baseball Amateur Draft four consecutive times. He was drafted in the 17th round by the Chicago White Sox after his freshman year at Potomac State; in the 20th round by the Arizona Diamondbacks after his sophomore year at Potomac State; in the 34th round by the Chicago Cubs and the 24th round by the Cincinnati Reds during his junior and senior years consecutively while a student at the University of Miami in Florida.
Garcia currently works for a defense contractor with the Navy and gives pitching lessons on the side. He and his wife, Jennifer, are the parents of two daughters, Gianna and Scarlett. He is the son of Hilton and Ruth Garcia.
Anyone wanting to attend the induction banquet may do so by contacting Alumni Coordinator Derek Artimez at 304-788-6870 or at PSC-Alumni@mail.wvu.edu. Social hour is at 6 p.m. with dinner beginning at 6:30 p.m.; the cost is $20 per person. Reservations are required and must be made by April 14.