AC Soccer’s Garcia Named 1st Team All-Region Lufkin Product Becomes First Roadrunner to Receive Honor


Angelina College’s Luis Garcia earned NJCAA Region XIV 1st Team All-Region honors for his play in 2017, becoming the first Roadrunner to win the honor in the program’s two-year existence. (Gary Stallard/AC Press photo)

Angelina College’s Luis Garcia left his mark on a lot of firsts for the Roadrunner soccer program in his two years of action.

The former Lufkin Panther scored the first-ever goal for the men’s team in AC’s inaugural season in 2016. He led the team in goals scored, duplicating the feat in 2017. On Sept. 30, against Mountain View College, Garcia notched the men’s first-ever hat trick in AC’s 4-3 win.

Now he can add another milestone to his list.

Garcia earned NJCAA Region XIV 1st Team All-Region honors following a season in which he scored nine goals – posting multi-goal games in three different matches. He leaves AC as the program’s all-time scoring leader, and is the first Angelina College soccer player named to the All-Region list.


Garcia, a Business/Criminal Justice major, is the son of Yolanda Hernandez and Gustavo Garcia.

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Gary Stallard
Gary Stallard
Sports Information Director Gary Stallard, who also serves as a Liberal Arts Instructor, begins his eleventh season with Angelina College. Following a career as a U.S. Marine, Stallard completed his bachelor’s degree at Stephen F. Austin University, where he majored in English and Journalism. For more than 16 years, he has worked as a sports writer/columnist/photographer for the Lufkin Daily News; he continues to contribute free-lance articles on occasion. Stallard has won several awards for writing, including the Golden Hoops Award for basketball writing in 2003, Regional Sports Writer of the Year in 2004, and the Texas Press Association’s first-place award for column writing in 2007 and in 2014. He has also done basketball, football and baseball radio and live streaming play-by- play and color commentary for an ESPN affiliate. Currently Stallard serves as play-by-play broadcaster for AC basketball, baseball and softball games.

Prior to arriving at Angelina College, Stallard taught English at Lufkin High School for four years. He currently teaches Developmental Writing classes at AC. He and his wife Susan live in Lufkin.

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