DANNY GONZALES Last Updated 8/15/12
Assistant Coach
Third Season

  Hiring Release - 01/24/11

Recruiting Areas:
Inland Empire (San Bernardino and Riverside Counties), New Mexico, Colorado

Daniel Gonzales

  • Danny Gonzales is in his second campaign with San Diego State and coaches the team's safeties. He previously was a member of Aztec head coach Rocky Long's staff at the University of New Mexico.

  • Last year, coached Mountain West honorable mention pick, sophomore Nat Berhe, who registered career-best marks in tackles (67), tackles for loss (3.5), interceptions (2), pass breakups (5) and forced fumbles (1). He ranked third on the team in tackles, tied for second in interceptions and tied for third in PBUs.

  • As a team in 2011, helped the SDSU defense rank first in the conference in sacks (2.23/g), tackles for loss (6.54/g), interceptions (15) and turnovers gained (28).

  • From 2005-08, worked with the safeties, punters, kickers and deep snappers at UNM. Under his tutelage, the Lobo safeties combined for 55 pass breakups in 2007-08, and the 2007 New Mexico squad ranked 13th nationally in total defense, 14th in scoring defense and 20th in passing defense.

  • Coached place-kicker John Sullivan to consensus All-America honors. A former walk-on, Sullivan nailed a nation's best 29 field goals in 2007.

  • Place-kickers Kenny Byrd (first-team all-MWC) and James Aho (freshman All-American) and punter Jordan Scott (honorable mention all-MWC) also were honored during Gonzales' coaching stint at UNM.

  • Worked with NFL Draft picks defensive back Glover Quin (Houston Texans) and linebacker/defensive back Quincy Black (Tampa Bay Buccaneers) at New Mexico.

  • Was the school's video coordinator from 2003-05, and started his coaching career as a defensive graduate assistant for the Lobos from 1999-2002.

  • Was a three-year letterwinner at New Mexico, competing as a punter and safety. He earned the team's Chuck Cummings Memorial Award for morale and spirit as a senior.

  • Was a part of the 1997 Lobo squad that won the Western Athletic Conference Mountain Division championship and competed in the Insight.com Bowl. UNM compiled an 9-4 overall record that year, including a 6-2 mark in league action.

  • Has a bachelor's degree from UNM in business administration and general management and a master's degree in physical education and recreation.

  • Is married to Sandra and has two sons, Cole (13) and Jake (11), and a newborn daughter, Chloe.

    Hometown Albuquerque, N.M.
    College New Mexico - BA in Business Admin and General Management & MA in Phys Ed and Recreation
    Email dgonzales@mail.sdsu.edu
    Office # 619-594-4125
    Year Team Position
    2011-13 San Diego State Safeties
    2005-08 New Mexico Special Teams

    Year School Title Record
    2011 San Diego State Safeties 8-5
    2008 New Mexico Special Teams 4-8
    2007 New Mexico Special Teams 9-4
    2006 New Mexico Special Teams 6-7
    2005 New Mexico Graduate Assist. 6-5
    2002 New Mexico Graduate Assist. 7-7
    2001 New Mexico Graduate Assist. 6-5
    2000 New Mexico Graduate Assist. 5-7
    1999 New Mexico Graduate Assist. 4-7
    Name Pos. (team) Achievements
    John Sullivan PK (New Mexico) Consensus All-American (2007)
    James Aho PK (New Mexico) Freshman All-American (2008)
     San Diego State
    2011 New Orleans Bowl
     New Mexico
     2007  New Mexico Bowl
     2006  New Mexico Bowl
     2002  Las Vegas Bowl
    Year Team Pos.
    1995-97 New Mexico Punter, Safety
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