Juan de la Garza competed at five athletics World Championships, four Central American and Caribbean Games, two Pan American Games and the 1984 Olympics. He won a bronze medal in javelin at the 1987 Pan American Games and won silver in 1986 and 1990 and bronze at the 1982 Central American and Caribbean Games. De la Garza won 22 Mexican national titles. He studied veterinary science at Texas A&M University, but later became a field events coach at Texas A&M, helping them win 13 conference titles. His daughter, Kristie, became a star basketball player at Texas A&M, setting a school career record for rebounding, and ranking eighth all-time among NCAA female players.
Personal Best: JT â 82.68 (1986).