Garret Garcia is in his second season as the video coordinator for the Notre Dame women’s basketball program, having joined the Fighting Irish staff in August 2014. In his current role, Garcia oversees all film exchange, scouting breakdowns and other internal video productions, as well as assisting with Notre Dame’s groundbreaking advances through its social media channels (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and Pinterest, among others), the program’s on-campus recruiting efforts and day-to-day operations of the Fighting Irish women’s basketball office.
“We are thrilled to have Garret on our staff,” head coach Muffet McGraw said. “He’s extremely talented and someone who brings a lot of fresh and creative ideas to the table. We’re excited to have him building upon what we started in that position and adding some of his own touches in the coming years.”
Garcia came to Notre Dame following two years (2012-14) as University of Toledo graduate assistant video coordinator with both the Rockets’ men’s and women’s basketball programs. While at Toledo, Garcia coordinated tape exchange with the opposition, assisted with breaking down game film for the coaches and oversaw team manager video responsibilities during practices and games. He also was in charge of creating highlight films throughout the season, as well as maintaining the teams’ social media outlets and coachcullop.com (the web site for women’s basketball coach Tricia Cullop).
Prior to joining the Toledo basketball staffs, Garcia spent four years as a student assistant with the UT men’s basketball program. As a student assistant, he oversaw all video operations for the squad and worked directly with the coaching staff in creating scouting reports, video highlights and film databases. In addition, Garcia created various videos that aired during games on the video board, and he handled the end-of-the-season videos and highlight reels for the school’s official athletics web site, utrockets.com, as well as coachtk.com (the web site for Toledo’s men’s basketball coach Tod Kowalczyk).
Along with his on-campus duties at Toledo, Garcia completed a four-year run (2010-14) as the video board and ribbon board operator for minor league baseball’s Toledo Mud Hens (Triple-A affiliate of the Detroit Tigers), adding similar responsibilities during his final year with minor league hockey’s Toledo Walleye (affiliate of the Detroit Red Wings). In these roles, he was responsible for operating the video boards and ribbons at Fifth Third Field and Huntington Center for all MudHens and Walleye home games. Garcia created and edited graphics that were used during the game and on the television production.
As an undergraduate, Garcia worked two years as a student videographer for the Toledo Communications Department. He covered football, basketball, women’s soccer, tennis and volleyball events and made highlight reels for utrockets.com. Along with creating highlight reels for the school’s official athletic web site, Garcia served as a member of the Savage Arena camera crew, operating in-house cameras for volleyball and women’s basketball games.
Garcia attended Liberty Benton High School in Findlay, Ohio, where he was a two-year letterwinner in basketball. As a senior in 2007-08, he earned honorable mention all-conference accolades and helped the Eagles post a perfect 20-0 record in the regular season, finishing first in the 2008 Associated Press Division III poll. A year earlier, Garcia played a key role in helping Liberty Benton to a 26-1 mark and an appearance in the Division III state finals.
A Tower Blue Scholarship Award winner, Garcia graduated from Toledo in 2012 with his bachelor’s degree in communications. He continued his postgraduate work at Toledo and earned his master’s degree in liberal arts in 2014.
Garcia and his wife, Erica were married in August 2015 and make their home in South Bend.