Bobby Gonzalez

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Bobby Gonzalez
Sport(s) Basketball
Playing career
1982–1986 Buffalo State
Position(s) Point guard
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
Broome CC (asst.)
Binghamton (asst.)
Rice HS (asst.)
Xavier (asst.)
Providence (asst.)
Virginia (asst.)
Seton Hall
Head coaching record
Overall 174–123 (.585)
Accomplishments and honors
MAAC Tournament of Champions (2004)
MAAC Tournament of Champions (2003)
MAAC Regular Season Champions (2006)
MAAC Regular Season Champions (2004)
MAAC Regular Season Champions (2003)
MAAC Coach of the Year (2006)
MAAC Coach of the Year (2003)

Bobby Gonzalez is the former head coach of the Seton Hall University Pirates men's basketball team. Gonzalez was previously the head coach at Manhattan College and was well known for leading the Jaspers to two NCAA tournaments and the second NCAA tournament win in school history.

Gonzalez had previously been an assistant under Pete Gillen at Xavier, Providence and Virginia, serving as one of Gillen's top recruiters.[1]

Gonzalez also has experience coaching with USA Basketball. He was an assistant coach with the 2005 USA World University Games Team that won a gold medal in Turkey. He was also a court coach for the 2002 USA Junior National Team Trials.

A native of Binghamton, New York; Gonzalez graduated from Buffalo State College in 1986.[2]

Manhattan College[edit]

Gonzalez had a career record of 129–77 in seven seasons at Manhattan, including two trips to the NCAA Tournament. He took the Jaspers to the 2nd Round of the 2004 NCAA Tournament after the team defeated the fifth seeded Florida Gators in the first round 75–60—the program's second NCAA Tournament win.

Seton Hall University[edit]

Gonzalez was hired by Seton Hall in April 2006, largely because of his recruiting pedigree and his ties to high school coaches in New York City (which is 14 miles east of Seton Hall's campus).[1]

Gonzalez's first season as Seton Hall coach ended with an under .500 record overall. The season ended with a 13–16 record and a record of 4–12 in the Big East. Seton Hall finished 13th out of 16 in the Big East and missed the Big East tournament for the first time ever.

Gonzalez's second season at Seton Hall was more successful than his first. The Pirates finished the regular season with 7 Big East wins and 17 wins overall. They qualified for the Big East tournament for the first time under Gonzalez as the 11 seed against the 6 seed Marquette Golden Eagles. Marquette won the game 67–54 to advance to the quarterfinals against the University of Notre Dame. The Pirates missed out on an NIT bid and rejected an invitation to the inaugural College Basketball Invitational.

The 2008–09 season saw the Pirates notch an identical record to the previous year—a 17–15 overall record and a 7–11 Big East record. As the 11th seed in the 2009 Big East Men's Basketball Tournament, they defeated 14th-seed South Florida 68–54 for their first win in the conference tournament in six years. However, they lost the next day to Syracuse, 89–74. School officials rewarded with Gonzalez a contract extension that would have kept him at Seton Hall until 2015.[3]

Gonzalez led the 2009–2010 Pirates to postseason play for the first time in four years, with a berth in the NIT. Six minutes into the Pirates' first-round matchup with Texas Tech, forward Herb Pope knocked Texas Tech's Darko Cohadarevic to the floor with a punch to the groin. After officials reviewed the play on the replay monitor, Pope was ejected from the game, which Seton Hall subsequently lost 87–69. [4]

The next day, Gonzalez was fired. School officials stated that despite the team's on-court improvement, he was not a good representative for Seton Hall. According to The Star-Ledger, Seton Hall Law School Dean Patrick Hobbs, who oversaw the athletic department at the time (though Seton Hall still had an athletic director), recommended Gonzalez' firing on the weekend before the NIT. School officials were displeased with Gonzalez' behavior--specifically, his tendency to berate Seton Hall administrators, opposing coaches, opposing players and referees. They were also concerned about several incidents involving Gonzalez' players.[5] [6]

A month after his firing, Gonzalez sued Seton Hall for wrongful termination, seeking to be paid for the last two years of his contract.[7] The suit was settled in August 2010; terms were not disclosed.[8]

Head coaching record[edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Manhattan (MAAC) (1999–2006)
1999–00 Manhattan 12–15 9–9 6th
2000–01 Manhattan 14–15 11–7 6th
2001–02 Manhattan 20–9 12–6 3rd NIT First Round
2002–03 Manhattan 23–7 14–4 1st NCAA First Round
2003–04 Manhattan 25–6 16–2 1st NCAA Second Round
2004–05 Manhattan 15–14 9–9 5th
2005–06 Manhattan 20–11 14–4 1st NIT Second Round
Manhattan: 129–77 85–41
Seton Hall (Big East Conference) (2006–2010)
2006–07 Seton Hall 13–16 4–12 13th
2007–08 Seton Hall 17–15 7–11 11th
2008–09 Seton Hall 17–15 7–11 11th
2009–10 Seton Hall 19–13 9–9 10th NIT First Round
Seton Hall: 66–59 27–43
Total: 195–136

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion


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