We recently lost a great friend, Coach Augie Garrido. While many of his fans knew him as a phenomenal coach and his student-athletes knew him as a one of the greatest mentors, the Neighborhood Longhorns Program (NLP) recognized him as a pillar in the Austin community.
A month after Coach Garrido arrived as UT Austin’s baseball coach, he met with NLP staff to ask how he could help kids in the community. Within weeks, he was visiting local elementary schools and talking to NLP students about staying focused, creating goals and staying in school. He valued education, and he spread the word of “Linking Community with Education” to students throughout Austin. He started Augie’s Grand Slam Reading Program and, within one year, the NLP had over 5,000 kids reading books so that they could visit him at a home baseball game. He even had students join him in the dug-out so he could talk with them during games. Coach Augie Garrido genuinely cared about all the kids in the community.
Coach Garrido will be missed by all. He was always willing to help our program by visiting schools and participating in NLP events. His legacy will continue, and we are a better program because of Augie’s dedication to the future of our youth.
You can continue Coach Garrido’s legacy by making a donation in his memory. All contributions will help provide educational opportunities for students in the Neighborhood Longhorns Program.