Inland Empire (San Bernardino and Riverside Counties), New
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
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.
THE GONZALES FILE
New Mexico - BA in Business Admin and
General Management & MA in Phys Ed and Recreation