Longoria, Garcia win awards for UHV

Two Jaguars win RRAC character awards

VICTORIA, Texas — University of Houston-Victoria’s Jackie Longoria (JR/Edinburg, TX) and Uriel Garcia (SR/Pharr, TX) have been recognized as the Red River Athletic Conference’s Character Athletes of the Week.

As part of the RRAC’s commitment to the NAIA Champions of Character program, the conference recognizes student-athletes from member schools that have exhibited a high level of scholarship, sportsmanship, integrity, responsibility and community service. One student athlete (male and female) is selected each week based on their character and commitment to their schools and communities.

Longoria, a junior from Edinburgh, is a member of the UHV softball team where she pitches and plays the outfield.

She has appeared in 57 games for the Jaguars the past three seasons and has compiled a 9-4 record with a 2.33 ERA in 96 innings pitched. She also has a 0.298 batting average and a 0.357 slugging percentage.

Excelling in the classroom, she has a 3.2 GPA and has been named to both the UHV President’s List and Dean’s List and is a RRAC Scholar Athlete.

“Jackie is representative of the kind of student-athlete coaches love,” said UHS softball coach Lindsey Ortiz. “She has a great attitude and a smile on her face no matter what the situation, and provides encouragement and support to her team. She works hard in the classroom and in the community.”

An education major, Jackie plans to become a high school teacher after graduation.

Garcia is a senior from Pharr and is a member of the men’s soccer team where he is an all-conference defender.

During his four seasons with the Jaguars, he tallied two goals and four assists with two game-winning goals. The UHV defense recorded 33 shutouts during his four seasons along with a 50-11-7 record and made two trips to the NAIA National Championships opening round.

In the classroom, he has a 3.9 GPA, earned recognition on the CoSIDA Academic All-District team, was a 2018 Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar Semifinalist, a four-time RRAXC scholar athlete, and was named to the UHV President’s List five times and Dean’s List six times.

“Uriel has truly played a key role on his team since stepping onto the UHV campus and is always someone you can count on to get the job done,” said UHV Sorts Information Specialist Paul Ebner. “He works hard both on and off the field as well as in the classroom.”


Courtesy: University of Houston-Victoria Athletics