Classroom Champions: Temple's Nathan Garcia

TEMPLE, Texas (KWTX) Until this year, Nathan Garcia had never played soccer for Temple High School. He's a defender for the Wildcats, and he's hoping to not only use his speed from football and track past, but his brainpower to pick it up even quicker.

"It doesn't get the most glory, but I've always learned that defense learns championships,” said Garcia. “I learned that in football. I didn't know that since I was a receiver, but I like it because it's more aggressive. I like being more aggressive."

"His fearlessness, his speed, he's playing on the left side and it's not his natural position, but we need him there,” said Temple head soccer coach, Matt Corley. “He brings a lot to the table in regards to his speed, his physicalness (sic) on the field, which he picked up in football and he helps out in the back."

Nathan is ranked in the top ten percent of a Temple High School senior class of nearly 480 students. He's hoping to take his work ethic and love for mathematics to the Mays Business School at Texas A&M.

"I've always loved math, and I've been really good at it,” said Garcia. “Stock markets always interest me so I figured it'd be a good career path for me."

"As & Bs open doors, Cs & Ds close them,” said Corley. “We talk all the time about getting to tutorials, seeing teachers and having relationships with teachers. We preach on that a lot, and Nathan is a perfect example of what we preach here.”