Joe Gonzales is in his second year as head coach of the Fresno State women's cross country team. A long-time assistant with the Fresno State track program, Gonzales enters his seventh year as an assistant coach in charge of the distance runners.
Gonzales also served as the men's cross country coach from 2000-2002. During his tenure as the men's cross country coach, Gonzales led the team to three top five finishes in the WAC, finishing fifth in 2001 and 2002 along with a third place finish in 2000. Four runners also received All-WAC honors during that time.
In 2005, the women's cross country team tied for fifth place in the Western Athletic Conference championship On Oct. 29, Gonzales coached his first female All-WAC cross country runner in Andrea Buckner. With a fifth-place finish at the 2005 WAC Championship, Gonzales has had four consecutive top five finishes while coaching six cross country All-WAC performers for men and women combined.
The 2005 Bulldogs also qualified as team for the NCAA Western Region, making their eighth appearance in the last 11 years. Finishing 25th out of 30 teams, all six competing Bulldogs posted season-best 6K times as five of them also made their first NCAA individual appearance.
Many track and field runners have seen success during the past two years under Gonzales' tutelage as well. In 2004, Gonzales guided freshman Ryan Moore to a spot in the NCAA Regional field. Moore, who had been on the cusp of a postseason berth all season, finally eclipsed the standard time when he clocked in at 52.17 in the 400-meter hurdles at the WAC Outdoor Championships.
Several of his athletes were consistently ranked among the top distance runners in the conference in 2003 as well, including Alex Mason, who was awarded an NCAA Regional berth in the 800-meter run. Other notable athletes who performed well under Gonzales' direction in 2003 were Phil Ogilvie (personal and team bests in the 1,500 and 3,000 meter races) and Ian Mason, (team-high marks in the 5K and 10K races as a rookie).
Prior to entering his coaching career at Fresno State, Gonzales served as a coach at Exeter Union High School in Exeter, Calif.
Gonzales began his coaching career at Exeter, where he started as a volunteer assistant for the cross country team in 1990. In 1995, he became the head cross country coach fro bother boys and girls. Gonzales then served as the head track & field coach at Exeter from 1998-2000.
In his 10 years at Exeter, Gonzales led the girls' cross country team to five league championships and one section championship. He guided the boys' cross country team to two league titles and the girls' track and field team to two league titles. In addition, both teams were runner-up finishers in section competition, while the boys' cross country team captured its first league title.
Gonzalez graduated from Exeter Union and attended the College of the Sequoias before graduating from Fresno State with a degree in Liberal Studies.
The Gonzales File:
Fresno State, `01
B.S. in Liberal Studies
Fresno State, 2005-present
Head Coach, Women's Cross Country
Fresno State, 2000-present
Assistant Coach, Track and Field
Fresno State, 2001-2003
Head Coach, Men's Cross Country
Exeter High School, 1998-2000
Head Coach, Track and Field
Exeter High School, 1995-1998
Head Coach, Cross Country
Exeter High School, 1990-1995
Volunteer Assistant, Cross Country
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