Rene “Coach P” Plasencia was born and raised in Orlando, the son of a Cuban born father and Puerto Rican mother. He graduated from Dr. Phillips High School and earned a track and field scholarship to the University of Central Florida. While at UCF, he started their first student-athlete advisory board and served as president its first two years. He still holds the school’s indoor mile record. He went on to teach for 15 years and is currently a member of the Florida House of Representatives serving Florida’s 50th district.