Garcia named Kofa girls basketball coach
Mary Kaye Garcia has been named the Kofa varsity girls basketball coach.
Garcia will replace Eric Krepps, who has moved to Texas.
“I was a little relieved because a lot of the girls were asking, ‘What’s going to happen? What’s going to happen?’ Parents have been asking. Everybody was on their toes about it. So it was kind of relief — I can finally breathe now. I can start this program,” said Garcia, who coached the Kofa freshman team the past two seasons.
Having played for the Kings from 2002-2005, Garcia feels like she’s equipped to take over the reins of head coach.
“It’s a big jump to go from the freshmen to the varsity, but I helped a lot with the varsity level the last two years and I’ve done a lot with the girls over the summer so far. But I’ve played at the varsity level and at the college level, so I know where the intensity level needs to be at and where the work level needs to be at.”
After playing two seasons for Arizona Western, she returned to take the freshmen job in 2010. She will continue to coach the junior varsity volleyball team under her younger sister, Brittany — who will stay on to be the junior varsity girls basketball coach.
“We worked together the last three years together with coaching, so it’ll be different but it won’t be that big of a transition,” Garcia said.
Last season, Kofa was 8-3 in late January but lost its final five games to finish .500.
“We lost a couple of seniors so I’m pretty much getting the same team that we had from last year,” Garcia said. “We have a lot to put in for next year but these girls are already putting in so much work. These girls are ready to work and redeem themselves next year.”