CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — The doors might be closed at Tuloso Midway High School as students are still out for their holiday break, but the basketball team is hard at work preparing to make a run at a district title.
In Tres Garcia's second year as the new head coach of the program, the team is picking up where it left off from last season.
It took little time, but Garcia might be turning this program around; bringing it back to prominence.
"We are going to try and get a district championship which hasn't been done in a while," said Garcia.
From day one, Garcia is instilling a culture.
"It's a big change in attitude around here," senior Joshua Alvaraba said. "Coach Garcia just makes you hungry and determined."
He's doing that by making everything a competition.
"There is a ton of competition," Alvaraba said. "Competition to earn that starting spot, you have to compete with the dude next to you and if you slack one time you could get passed up."
The strategy is working. The team is winning games. They finished their 2018 season 8-20. The following year, Garcia's first, the team turned it around, going 24-8.
"It doesn't matter how bad you did last season," said senior Aaron Pizana. "If you work hard in the summer and come together good things happen."
All is going according to plan for Garcia. He's trying to get this team back to the top.
"I want to make them proud," he said. "I want to make our community proud, I want to make our district proud."