Danny Gonzales enters his fifth season with San Diego State and
coaches the team's safeties. He has worked as part of Rocky
Long's defensive staff since Long joined the Aztecs in 2011.
Coached Nat Berhe and Eric Pinkins, both of whom were selected
in the 2014 NFL Draft. Berhe was a fifth-round selection of
the New York Giants, while Pinkins went in the sixth round to the
defending Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks.
Under his guidance, Berhe became the first Aztec safety in the
Mountain West era (since 1999) to garner all-conference accolades
three years in a row. Berhe, who landed on the 2013 preseason
watch lists for the Jim Thorpe Award and Lott IMPACT Trophy,
capped a brilliant collegiate career with first-team all-MW honors
after leading the team with a career-high 99 tackles, including 60
San Diego State produced one of the best defensive efforts in
school history in 2014, finishing in the top 20 nationally in nearly
every defensive category, including scoring defense (13th) and total
As a team in 2012, helped the Aztec defense top the MW in rushing
defense with 133.5 yards per game. SDSU also showed dramatic
improvement in that statistic at the national level, climbing
from the 78th spot in 2011 to the 28th position in 2012.
Was part of a staff that saw the Aztec defense finish 2011 with a
No. 1 conference ranking in sacks (2.23/g), tackles for loss (6.54/g),
interceptions (15) and turnovers gained (28).
He previously was a member of Aztec head coach Rocky Long's
staff at New Mexico.
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 placekicker John Sullivan to consensus All-America
honors. A former walk-on, Sullivan nailed a nation's best 29 field
goals in 2007.
Placekickers 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
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
Was a three-year letterwinner at New Mexico, competing as a
punter and safety. He earned the team's Chuck Cummings Memo -
rial 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 New Mexico in business administration
and general management and a master's degree in physical
education and recreation.
Is married to Sandra and has four children, Cole (17), Jake (15),
Chloe (3) and Abby (1).