Angela Gonzaga was hired on Sept. 10, 2013 as the director of operations for the Fresno State women's basketball team under head coach Raegan Pebley.
Gonzaga comes to Fresno State after most recently serving a second stint at San Jose State as a Learning Specialist in the Student-Athlete Services Department. Gonzaga implemented a comprehensive support system directly supporting the men's and women's basketball team's academic success by creating learning plans, one-on-one instruction and small group support. She also created and facilitated a Bridge to College Program and Peer Mentorship Program for transitioning incoming freshman and transfer students.
Before rejoining the San Jose State staff last April Gonzaga spent three years with the Bay Area Women's Sports Initiative (BAWSI) where she started as an athlete engagement coordinator in January 2012 before eventually an athlete event manger after six months of service within the company.
In the last year of her three-year tenure at San Jose State from 2008-2011 Gonzaga served as the women's basketball assistant coach. As assistant coach she was in charge of perimeter player development and recruiting. While serving for the Spartans Gonzaga helped sign one of the school's strongest recruiting classes that included two McDonald's All-American nominees.
She initially became the team's coordinator of operations and was titled assistant coach after two years of service. Her responsibilities included setting up the program calendar, community service program, team travel and other duties. Gonzaga also assisted in monitoring the academic success of the team and transformed an inherited team GPA from 2.243 to a 2.66 by the time she left.
Prior to San Jose State Gonzaga was at Notre Dame High School in San Jose where she spent five years as the Director of Community Service Learning. She developed a student leadership and community service program that culminated in a service project their senior year. In addition to managing the graduation requirements for over 600 plus students each year, she created, organized and implemented social justice campaigns, service learning curriculum, philanthropic drives, and service learning immersion trips for students. While at Notre Dame, Gonzaga served as a basketball coach for six seasons.
Gonzaga is committed to service, education and providing opportunities for young women. A member of the Women's Basketball Coaches Association, she was on the Steering Committee that helped plan events for the 2008 Pac-10 Women's Tournament. For the past 12 years, Gonzaga has been a part of Midnight Basketball, an outreach program for at-risk youth in San Jose. Gonzaga has coached at local camps and clinics including San Jose State's Skills Camp.
Upon graduating from Notre Dame High School in San Jose in 2000, Gonzaga attended the College of Notre Dame in Belmont, California where she played a shooting guard for the Lady Argonauts. After one year, she transferred to Santa Clara University.
A 2004 graduate of Santa Clara, Gonzaga received her Bachelor of Sciences degree in community studies with an emphasis in urban education and sociology. She then received a Single-Subject Credential in social studies from the University of San Francisco and a Master's of Arts in Teaching in 2005 from USF. She was honored as the Outstanding Teacher Educator Candidate for the Class of 2005 and honored again as a Class Nobel Educator of Distinction in 2006 and 2007.
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