Cole Garcia named April Zag of the Month
May 4, 2017

April's Zag of the Month has been awarded to Cole Garcia, a member of the men’s rowing team and President of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. Garcia began his career at Gonzaga in the fall of 2013 and has established himself as an extraordinary leader who displays excellence within his team, the classroom, on campus, and in the community.

A senior, Garcia has proven that he is a leader on and off the water. He is a significant part of the varsity eight boat, helping the crew taking first place in races such as the Head of the Spokane and George Washington Invitational. A fellow Zag describes him as, “a confident, well-composed leader that is constantly putting the well-being of other student-athletes before his own.”

He will graduate in May, holding a degree in business administration and accounting with a concentration in law and public policy and a minor in communications studies. He holds a 3.50 GPA, showcasing his ability to excel within the student-athlete role. His hard work and dedication in the classroom has earned him Dean’s List recognition for Fall 2013, Spring 2014, Spring 2015, Fall 2015 and Fall 2016.

Garcia has also displayed leadership amongst his peers by serving as the 2015-2016 vice president and 2016-2017 SAAC president. He has been essential to the success of SAAC’s events during his time on the Committee and was chosen as the West Coast Conference SAAC Co-Chair for the 2016-2017 academic year. He has participated at the WCC Leadership Summit and the APPLE Conference. Furthermore, he has led his team in countless community outreach events. Some of his outreach work includes Trunk-or-Treat, Habitat for Humanity, Logan Block Party, The Humane Society, as well as multiple Catholic Charities collections and local school visits.

A student-athlete selected as Zag-of-the-Month exhibits effort and excellence in academics, leadership, integrity, campus involvement, community service, dedication to team, and the ability to serve as a role model for current and future GU students and student-athletes. Each month GU’s S.A.A.C. nominates and selects one of their peers for the award.



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