Rene “Coach P” Plasencia was born and raised in Orlando, the son of a Cuban born father and Puerto Rican mother. Growing up he was always reminded by his father the gift of living in a free and democratic country. His mother taught him the value of perseverance, never allowing him to quit anything he started. His parents taught him the virtues of integrity, hard work and dedication.
Rene graduated from Dr. Phillips High School where his strong work ethic and dedication earned him a track and field scholarship to UCF. While at UCF, (Orlando, FL) he started their first student athlete advisory board and served as president its first two years. Rene earned several athletic honors and still holds the indoor mile record.
For 15 years, Rene dedicated himself to teaching and coaching at Colonial High School. As a coach for the track and cross country programs, he created a culture of winning and success where there once was none. It is through his devotion and faith in his athletes that he was able to accomplish what no other coach in Colonial’s 53 year history could. In 2011, he led his boys Cross Country Team at Colonial High School to its first ever state title, at the same time winning Colonial’s first state title in any sport.
In 2014, Rene decided he wanted to do more and decided to run for the State House. He took his “crusade for our kids” and his conservative values door to door. The voters agreed twice by re-electing him in 2016 as well.
In 2018, Rene needs your support. Help get Rene back to Tallahassee to keep working on your behalf.