Abraham Garrido is the head coach for PUC’s Men’s and Women’s Cross Country team. This is his first year coaching at PUC and has previously coached high school basketball at Fresno Adventist Academy. He recently graduated from PUC this past June, and we couldn’t be happier to have Abraham continue his life on our campus.
What makes PUC athletics different from other colleges and universities?
What makes PUC athletics different from other schools is the never give up attitude that our athletes have. Whether it’s on or off the field, court, or trails, PUC athletes and coaches strive to be the best that they can be.
How would you describe your coaching style?
Fun but competitive. I say this because I want my athletes to enjoy the sport that they are participating in. In doing so, if my athletes fall in love with the sport, they’ll want to compete even more because they like the sport.
How do you keep your players motivated during the season?
I do fun activities such as running to a waterfall and running around lakes. I also remind them and show them the progress they have made over the course of the season.
Outside of competing, are there activities you try to get your players involved in?
I try to encourage my athletes to participate in clubs, church, and even school outings.
What values do you instill in your players?
To respect others, have patience and to do their best in everything that they do.
How do you incorporate spiritual life within your team?
We, as a team, pray in the mornings and pray before each race.
What do you enjoy most about being a coach?
Seeing my athletes improve in any aspect in life. Whether it’s sports, school or other hobbies that they might have.
How do you support your players on and off the court?
We, as a team, have a group chat. So, as a team, we support each other with anything that they might need.
Why should prospective students choose PUC over another program?
Location! We have the best location out of any school, and it can’t be put more simply than that.
What is your favorite thing about being a part of the Pioneers family?
Having the ability to change/improve what others before me started.
When you’re not coaching, what do you enjoy doing?
When I’m not coaching, I love to participate in ultra-marathon races and ride 100 miles on my bike. Overall, you can say that I love to be outdoors.