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Hector Salinas, Jr.

March 3, 1945 ~ April 30, 2021 (age 76)

Obituary

Coach Hector Salinas, Jr. passed away on April 30, 2021 at the age of 76. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend.

Hector Salinas was born in Elsa, Texas in 1945 to his parents, Hector and Paula Aguilar Salinas. When Salinas was 4-years-old, his parents moved to Chicago for better economic opportunities. Not even seven months later, the family returned to Elsa, and eventually to Corpus Christi, Texas. His father provided for his family by selling insurance door-to-door. Salinas continued his baseball journey in Corpus Christi. He made a name for himself as a student/athlete in both basketball and baseball. Salinas was named the MVP for the district in both basketball and baseball his senior year in high school. However, his stellar career did not begin there. Below is a timeline of Salinas’ journey as a student/athlete, coach, and pioneer.

1955 – 1957 Little League All-Star
MVP (1957)
1958 – 1959 Pony League All-Star
Batting Title in the three Pony leagues
Selected as MVP for Corpus Christi ISD Carroll High School basketball
Led the basketball team to its first district championship in its history
Led the baseball team to the State tournament with a 9-0 record
1964 – 1968 Pan American College
4-year varsity athlete in Baseball, earning a BS Kinesiology 1968
Chosen by the NCAA D1 All – American
Played pro baseball for Vera Cruz and Mexico City 1968
1968 – 1970 First coaching/teaching position at Tom Browne Middle School (CCISD)
Coached my teams in basketball and baseball to City Champ titles two years in a row
1970 Coached the Corpus Christi Seagulls, an independent baseball league
1971 – 1973 Head baseball coach, Assistant Football coach, Assistant Basketball coach, health
teacher at Roy Miller High School (CCISD)
As head baseball coach, we won 20 baseball games in a year (the last time that has
(happened)
1973 – 1978 Head baseball coach Foy H. Moody High School (CCISD)
District champs 4 out of the 5 years
Coached the baseball team to the State tournament 1978
Inducted into the Moody High School Baseball Hall of Fame
1978 – 1985 Head baseball coach Texas Southmost College (Brownsville, TX)
Coached the team to NJCAA playoffs 4 of the 5 years
1985 – 1987 Head baseball coach Laredo Junior College (Laredo, TX)
Coached the team to NJCAA playoffs the first year
Coached 13-year-old and 14-year-old division to 2nd place in the Nationals in Tijuana,
Mexico
1987 – 1993 Returned to Corpus Christi as an assistant Baseball Coach at Moody High School
Made the playoffs every year
1993 – 2000 Head baseball coach Texas A & M University Kingsville
Started the first ever D2 baseball program
Coached the team to two NCAA Division two conference titles
Selected as the Lone Star Conference Coach of the year 1995
2000 – 2007 Head baseball coach Texas A & M University Corpus Christi
Started the first ever D1 baseball program
We beat the number 1 team in the country – UT Austin
Retired 2007
2002 Inducted into the Texas A & M Kingsville All-Sports Hall of Fame
2008 Inducted into the Leo Najo Baseball Hall of Fame
2009 Inducted into the Rio Grande Valley Sports Hall of Fame
2015 – 2018 Elected to Board of Directors Corpus Christi ISD
2019 Inducted into Carroll High School All Sports Hall of Fame
2019 – present Elected to Board of Regents Del Mar College

Other Recognitions and Accolades
● Letter of Proclamation presented by State Senator, Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa, State Representative,
Abel Herrero, and Mayor Joe McComb, Corpus Christi
● Corpus Christi Hooks Lifetime Achievement Award
● LULAC Council 4444 Celebration of Family: Four-Star Parents

He is preceded in death by his parents, Hector Salinas, Sr., and Paula Aguilar Salinas; sister, Dahlia Garza; and his four legged companions, Marley and Gordita.

Hector Salinas is survived by his wife of 52 years, Thelma Salinas; five children, Hilda Garibay (Guy), Orlando Salinas (Elsie), Hector Salinas, III. “Trey” (Kristy), Paula Salinas (Jay), Brenda Salinas-Pequeno (Mike); 10 grandchildren, Brianna Brown (James), Matthew Hernandez, Dominique Salinas, Orlando Salinas, Jr., Landon Salinas, Aiden Salinas, Brooklyn Salinas, MJ Rodriguez, Jayke Pineda, Michael Pequeno, II.; one great-granddaughter, Ella Brown; sister, Imelda Acuna (Arnold); half-sister, Janie Acosta; constant fur companion, Charley, who stayed by his side until his last breath; and numerous nieces, nephews and extended family.

A Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Friday, May 7, 2021 with Words of at 7:45 p.m. at Corpus Christi Christian Fellowship. A Funeral Service will begin at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 8, 2021 at Corpus Christi Christian Fellowship with Entombment to follow at Seaside Memorial Park.

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