Former Arizona Wildcats infielder Josh Garcia is returning to Tucson to join coach Andy Lopez's staff as a full-time assistant.
Garcia, who played at the UA in 2010 and 2011, was an undergraduate assistant for Lopez in 2012. He served as an assistant last season at Yavapai Community College, but will now return to his Alma matter this year to assist Lopez.
Garcia will fill the vacancy left by Brock Ungricht, who was hired in June. The former Stanford volunteer coach moved to Tucson, but returned to the Cardinal earlier this month when a full-time position became open.
Garcia, a former first baseman/designated hitter, played his high school ball at Phoenix Brophy Prep and was named a Louisville Slugger All-American. He attended South Mountain Community College out of high school, and joined the UA as a junior college transfer.
He made 47 starts for the UA over two seasons and played in 65 games. He hit .259 with 11 home runs and 43 RBIs.
Lopez's staff is now made up entirely of former players with Garcia, Matt Siegel, Michael Lopez and Shelley Duncan.
Couldn't be more fired up to back at @ArizonaBaseball!— Josh Garcia (@JoshGar) August 19, 2014