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 the last 14 years, he has dedicated himself to teaching and coaching at Colonial High School. As a coach for the track and cross country programs, he has 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.
Rene understands how to be a real leader, how to inspire and how to make tough decisions. That’s why he decided to run for office. Our community needs a leader who cares and understands the sacrifices we make every day. Our community needs a proven leader.