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Earl Garcia, Hillsborough High School, Wins Positive Coaching Alliance-Tampa Bay’s Regional Double-Goal Coach® Award


March 2020, Tampa, FL – Earl Garcia, football coach at Hillsborough High School (HHS), is one of five Regional Winners for Positive Coaching Alliance-Tampa Bay’s Double-Goal Coach® Awards presented for his positive impact on youth in sports.

The Double-Goal Coach® Awards recognize coaches who strive to win while also pursuing the important goal of teaching life lessons through sports. The chapter award includes a certificate, two tickets to a Tampa Bay Lightning game, a suite to a Tampa Bay Rays game, and recognition within the websites and newsletters of Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA), a national non-profit developing Better Athletes, Better People through youth and high school sports.

“Coach Garcia has not only been a football coach for over 41 years in our district, but also a teacher in the classroom and currently serves as an academic success coach for at-risk students,” said Carlos Diaz, educator at Hillsborough High School (HHS). “His players and coaching staff are well-versed on the expectations for both on and off the field performance, and one can witness Garcia’s calm coaching/counseling style with his students and players.”

Coach Garcia is in his 33rd year as head coach at HHS. Principal at HHS, Gary Brady, said, “Coach Garcia is simply a great coach and a great influence in the lives of his players. He has coached generations of young men in Tampa and currently has the most wins of any coach in the history of Tampa Bay high school football.”

The Tampa Tribune named Garcia “Coach of the Decade,” during the 90’s. Charles Harkness, HHS alumni, said, “I am proud of Coach Garcia’s contribution to Hillsborough High School and its legacy of great football players who have gone beyond high school to make contributions in college football, NFL and other life contributions.”

“We are proud to recognize Earl Garcia as a regional Double-Goal Coach® winner,” said Mason Cathey Brady, Executive Director of PCA-Tampa Bay, the local Chapter of Positive Coaching Alliance. “He is very deserving, and has been for many years, of this honor awarded to youth and high school sports coaches throughout the U.S.”

Positive Coaching Alliance will name twenty-five (25) National Double-Goal Coach® recipients, each of whom will receive $1,000 and two (2) tickets to the National Youth & Sports Awards in California in April 2020.

About Positive Coaching Alliance

Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) develops BETTER ATHLETES, BETTER PEOPLE through resources for youth and high school sports coaches, parents, administrators and student-athletes. In addition to more than 1,800 free multimedia tips and tools at, PCA has partnered with roughly 3,500 schools and youth sports organizations nationwide to deliver more than 20,000 live group workshops, along with online courses and books by PCA Founder Jim Thompson that help those involved in youth and high school sports create a positive, character-building youth sports culture.

PCA resources, which have reached more than 9 million youth, strive to transform high school and youth sports into a Development Zone® culture, where the goal is to develop Better Athletes, Better People and the following become the prevailing models in youth and high school sports:

  • The Double-Goal Coach®, who strives to win while also pursuing the more important goal of teaching life lessons through sports.
  • The Second-Goal Parent®, who concentrates on life lessons, while letting coaches and athletes focus on competing.
  • The Triple-Impact Competitor®, who strives to impact sport on three levels by improving oneself, teammates and the game as a whole.

PCA gains support from a National Advisory Board, including National Spokesperson and 11-time NBA Champion Coach Phil Jackson, and many other top coaches, athletes, organization leaders and academics who share PCA’s mission. PCA is proud to partner with the National Hockey League, National Basketball Association, Major League Baseball and over 35 professional teams across the United States.


Mason Cathey Brady
PCA-Tampa Executive Director


Jennie Wulbrun
Program & Events Administrator
Positive Coaching Alliance

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