Every high school coach dreams of becoming a head coach.
Alice coach Marco Gonzalez now has that opportunity. The 1999 Alice High School graduate was named the head coach of the Alice boys’ basketball program. He replaces coach Kevin Kelly, who spent this last season with the Coyotes.
Gonzalez, who spent last year as a varsity assistant in football, baseball and girls basketball, is taking over a program that hasn’t won a district game in two seasons.
“It’s a great opportunity for me,” Gonzalez said. “It’s something that I’ve always been interested in, and when it presented itself, I took it. I feel that we can turn this thing around and get it going in the right direction. It’s going to take a lot of hard work and dedication, but I know personally that we have the kids to do that. It’s just a matter of changing some habits and changing some things up. With great effort, things can happen.”
Gonzalez has been a coach in Alice for 10 years, seven of which included coaching basketball. He also comes from a family of Alice coaches. His father, Joe A. Gonzalez, was an Alice coach for many years before settling into a full-time teaching role. His wife, Amanda Gonzalez, is the Alice girls head basketball coach and his sister, Janay Gonzalez, is Alice’s head softball coach.
Gonzalez inherits a boys squad that returns some talent like D’Andre Evans, who was the team’s MVP in 2015 and an all-district honorable mention, and starter Josh Perez.
“You have to bring it every night in our district,” Gonzalez said. “There aren’t any cake-walks in this district. People like to think of us as that cake-walk, but we’re trying to change that.
“We’ve always had some challenges when it comes to basketball. How do you overcome it? We’re not going to be able to play like everybody else. We have to be able to do some things different, and that’s what we’re going to do. We’re going to do some things to offset some deficiencies. If we have to play up-tempo or slow it down, we’re going to do that.”
Alice athletic director Chris Soza said Gonzalez is a good fit for the boys’ team.
“Coach Gonzalez is an Alice product and has done a very good for us the past six years in football, basketball and baseball,” Soza said. “He was the girls’ first assistant coach this year. After visiting with him, I felt he was the best fit for our program. He is committed to building our boys program, and he understands that it is going to take some hard work and dedication.”
Gonzalez is the boys’ basketball program’s fourth coach in as many years.
“The boy’s need some consistency,” Soza said. “I am convinced with his basketball background and knowledge that our boys program will move in the right direction.”