East Central Athletics is pleased to announce Ray Gonzales as our new Head Cross Country coach. We caught up with Coach Gonzales, here’s what he had to say…
East Central Athletics: Good Morning Coach! Glad we could catch up. We know you’re not new to EC but you’re in a new role so would you take a minute to tell those members of Hornet Nation who are not familiar with you a little bit about yourself?
Coach Gonzales: Well my name is Ray Gonzales. I am a proud father of 2 beautiful kids named Aaron and Audrey. Aaron turned 5 in July and Audrey is 6 months old. I am thankful for my wife Jolie as she is my number one supporter in everything I do.
ECA: And your education career?
Coach Gonzales: This is going to be my 13th year coaching and teaching. I am the Head XC coach as well as an assistant for the baseball team.
ECA: With so much experience coaching and teaching, what brought you here to EC?
Coach Gonzales: I was drawn to EC because of the family feeling I received when I stepped on campus for my interview. I saw how hard the athletes and students work everyday and I am thankful for the opportunity Coach Arriola has given me.
ECA: So what makes you unique as a coach?
Coach Gonzales: One thing that makes me unique is I run with my runners throughout the year. They see me and Coach T putting in the miles with them and they don’t want to let us down. I feel if I’m asking them to run 5+ miles at one time I should lead by example and get in the miles with them.
ECA: Walk the walk…awesome! So with that in mind what can parents and athletes expect from you?
Coach Gonzales: They should expect me to be a leader on and off the course. I will hold them accountable in everything they do. I am strict but fair.
ECA: And the important questions…PB&J crust or no crust?
Coach Gonzales: No Crust!
ECA: Beach or Mountains?
Coach Gonzales: Beach
ECA: Whole or Skim milk?
Coach Gonzales: Lactose Free!
ECA: Superman or Captain America?
Coach Gonzales: Superman for sure.
East Central athletics is excited to have Coach Gonzales take the reins of a great program. We are all looking forward to what the future hold for ECXC! See you on the course.