When it was announced last Wednesday that Davis High boys basketball coach Dan Gonzalez was stepping down, both the 14th-year mentor and DHS athletic director Dennis Foster said finding the best situation for the kids was their ultimate goal.
After he joined Foster and Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources Matt Best for discussions about the position over the past six days, Gonzalez made a decision. The best thing for the athletes would be for him to stay on as head coach.
In a news release Tuesday, Foster announced that Gonzalez had “rescinded his resignation” and that the “school and district (had) accepted his change of heart.”
“Bottom line, it was a better situation for the kids that I coach next year,” Gonzalez, a popular math teacher at DHS, told The Enterprise on Tuesday. “If there’s anything I do at this school it’s to help kids. I tutor at lunch, I tutor after school, sometimes in the evenings. I’ll do anything to help kids at Davis High, that’s who I want to always win. Adults have to be able to work things out.”
With less than five weeks remaining until practice for the 2013-14 basketball season was to get underway, Gonzalez’s departure from a program that is already missing a JV coach — Bob Silva left that post after 11 seasons last spring — was a huge blow.
Last week, Gonzalez mentioned some challenges that he had encountered while trying to staff the Blue Devil hoops program as one of the reasons he made the decision to resign. On Tuesday, the longtime local mentor expressed satisfaction that he will be able to run his program in a way he feels will be beneficial to all involved.
“I met with some of our folks here and I felt more comfortable after airing some the things out,” Gonzalez said. “There was a better understanding of the coaching role. I want to be able to coach and make decisions for the program and I think it’s important for all coaches to have that.
“We are still putting together the staff and that changes year-to-year especially with assistants and even with coaches at my other levels (freshman and JV). We are still interviewing for the JV position, but as far as assistants go, that’s a year-to-year thing. I’m hoping to have some former players possibly helping out this year and we’ll see how that works out.”
— Reach Chris Saur at firstname.lastname@example.org or 530-747-8049.