“Estevan Vasquez was selected from a pool of several applicants. Mr. Vasquez brings a wealth of local and CBC experience,” said Dean of Students Velma Elizalde.
“In particular, he is very familiar with CBC’s athletic program and understands both its needs and its strengths. He has served the college previously in numerous capacities, including coaching, and has always brought a high level of energy, professionalism, and enthusiasm that will serve the program and CBC well.”
The new coordinator was born in Florida but moved with his family to Beeville as an infant. He’s a 1994 A.C. Jones graduate and also earned his associate’s degree form CBC before attending Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.
Vasquez has a degree in sports management from the Islanders and has a few years of experience working for and with that institution along with various area baseball organizations, including the Aviators and the Hooks. He is presently pursuing his master’s degree in secondary education.
Vasquez is a family man, married to the former Priscilla Muñoz of Beeville and the couple have three children, 4-year-old Nevaeh, 2-year-old Ava and new arrival, 1-month-old Dianna.
The athletic coordinator position will monitor the entire department and its coaches. He will make sure the guidelines within the NJCAA are followed to the letter and develop the department to be a role model for the community, the college and throughout Texas and the nation.
Vasquez took over the softball head coaching duties this spring and will now head the athletic department for the Cougars as they attempt to establish sports within the National Junior College Athletic Association.
“I am excited at the opportunity,” said Vasquez.
He describes himself as hard working and people oriented with management skills that should bode well as he guides the program over the upcoming seasons.
“I am going to be setting the foundations for the athletic department to prosper and grow. We want to be competitive and that means winning,” Vasquez said.
It’s a one-man staff as of the first of July but there are two part-time staff members ready to be hired and the Cougars are looking to locate a full-time kinesiology instructor.
The Cougars are looking to jump right back into things with the women’s volleyball and men’s soccer programs this fall. Men’s basketball will begin in October with practices and then spring women’s softball is also to be part of the intercollegiate sports program at CBC.
Practice starts Aug. 1 for both volleyball and soccer.
“The rosters are almost set for the two sports and I’ve done a lot of the support/paperwork for both teams already. The new coaches can just step right in and start coaching,” Vasquez said.
Facilities are a problem for the young program. Vasquez is looking to promote a soccer field/stadium that could be built on campus and possibly to work with the city of Beeville on joint use of a softball field within Veterans Memorial Park.
A look to the future, if all goes well, includes the expansion of the department to include women’s soccer and men’s baseball. It might be three to five years from now, but the idea is there.
“We need more recognition and to develop that we need to be successful. And that means winning teams,” Vasquez said.
The college has put its support behind the department within its b udgetary confines. It is now Vasquez’s chance to make a go of it.
“The staff, administration and everyone connected to the college have been most supportive. Everyone’s offered to help if they can,” Vasquez said.
“We want to earn the respect, which we feel will come by being successful, compliant, disciplined and with winning Cougar teams.”
Bruce Harper is the sports editor at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 123, or at sports@mySouTex.com.