Nat Gonzalez begins his third season as associate head coach for the Women of Troy. Responsible for recruiting and coaching the goalkeepers, his impact was expressly clear in 2005 with the addition of the top-ranked recruiting class in the nation and one of the most dominating defensive efforts in Trojan history in the form of 12 team shutouts and just 20 goals allowed.
With Gonzalez's guidance on the coaching staff, USC went from a 9-9-1 record in his opening 2004 season to a 13-6-2 mark in 2005.
Before joining forces with USC, Gonzalez started the men's soccer program at UC Riverside, where he spent three seasons (2001-03) as the head men's coach and registered a 12-36-8 mark. Prior to his tenure with the Highlanders, Gonzalez served as goalkeeping coach and first assistant for the men's team at Washington (1996-2000). The Huskies won the 1998 and 1999 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation championships and posted a 61-15-5 record during his five years. He was an assistant men's coach at Cal Poly Pomona from 1995-96 and a graduate assistant coach for the UCLA women's team from 1994-95.
Gonzalez graduated from Chaffey High School in Ontario in 1988. He was a four-year letterwinner and goalkeeper at UCLA from 1988-91 and a member of the 1990 Bruins' national championship team. He earned his bachelor's degree in psychology from UCLA in 1995 and possesses a United States Soccer Federation "B" license.
He also played professionally for six seasons in the Major Indoor Soccer League, finishing his career with the Seattle SeaDogs in 1997.
Gonzalez and his wife, Kari, have a 3-year-old daughter, Mandi, and a newborn daughter, Mari.