|Position:||Assistant, Student Life|
|Alma Mater:||San Jose State|
Jose Garcia filled the newly created position of Athletic Academic Services Student Life Assistant in the summer of 2015. His primary responsibilities include the development and implementation of UND’s first student-athlete leadership academy, revision and facilitation of the AAS life skills program, and mentorship of students in the department’s degree completion program.
Garcia, a San Jose native, attended San Jose State University from 2010-2015 and obtained both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in social work with an emphasis on mental health. During his final year of graduate school, Garcia worked for the San Jose State Athletic Department, facilitating its C.H.A.M.P.S. life skills program, while case-managing a group of at-risk student-athletes. For his graduate research, Garcia examined the similarities and differences in life skills workshops chosen by coaches and student-athletes.
Garcia played football and wrestled at Gilroy High School and is on the South Valley Middle School Wrestling Wall of Fame. After graduating from The Ark High School in Santa Cruz, Calif., Garcia joined the Army where he was stationed at Ft. Sill, Okla., and wrestled for their post team.
At the end of his military service, Garcia attended Gavilan College and competed on its wrestling team for two years.