*James Garrison

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JAMES GARRISON

VARSITY ASSOCIATE HEAD COACH

AT UNION:

Coach Garrison began his coaching tenure at Union in the 2005–2006 school year. He began here as Head Coach on the Junior Varsity. Since 2007, he has served as the Varsity Assistant Baseball Coach, becoming Associate Head Coach in the fall of 2014.

BEST MEMORIES AT UNION:

“My first year here at Union in 2006, after our JV season had finished up, I got to help coach the Varsity through their playoff run and was a part of the 2006 State Championship. Getting to watch our players celebrate on home plate that year and watching coach Newkirk, who was the Interim Head Coach at the time, win his first State Title as a Head Coach was awesome. It was a memory I will never forget because not many people know he lost his Dad that year and watching him celebrate as it began to rain, knowing his Dad was watching down on him, was priceless.

“Also, In 2010, when we went on a 7-0 run in the State Playoffs and beat Owasso in 9 innings on a bases loaded walk in the 9th inning and getting to watch our players, and a few of our younger coaches, dog pile on home plate to celebrate. Also I have great memories of the past players to come through our program.

“We have been real fortunate to have some great young men come through here that still come back to this day to visit.”

BEFORE UNION:

When Coach Garrison finished up his playing career in 2004, he became as assistant coach at Friends University in Wichita Kansas.

PLAYING DAYS:

Played Varsity for 4 years at Poteet High School in Mesquite Texas. After high school, he played baseball at Cedar Valley Junior College in Lancaster Texas, later transferring to play at Kansas Wesleyan University in Salina, Kansas. He finished at Sterling College in Sterling, Kansas.

Years played at each: Poteet High School – 4 years, Cedar Valley JC – 1 year, Kansas Wesleyan Univ. – 1 year, and Sterling College – 2 years.

AWARDS: In 2002, Coach Garrison was awarded All-District Newcomer of the Year. In 2003 and 2004, he was first team All-District catcher. In his sophomore year at Kansas Wesleyan, he earned 1st Team All KCAC catcher. In his junior year, at Sterling College, he was awarded 2nd Team All KCAC catcher. In his senior year, he was the 1st Team All KCAC catcher.

BEST PLAYING DAYS MEMORIES:

“My sophomore year of high school, I was able to be the starting catcher on our Varsity team that made it all the way to the State Semifinals. We played at Baylor University against our rival Highland Park and eventually lost 9-6. In college, winning two KCAC Conference Tournament Titles and moving on to host a regional one year and play in one in Nebraska my senior year. There is no better feeling then getting to dog pile on the mound with your teammates after winning.”

PERSONAL

Coach Garrison is married to his wife, Alicia. They have one black lab named Pudge and a black and white sheep dog named Piper, who they refer to as their “kids.”