After a year away from Kingsville, Omar Gonzalez is back in Blue and Gold, once again joining the staff of men’s basketball coach Johnny Estelle, who is bringing Gonzalez into the fold once again as an assistant coach, the program announced on Thursday. From 2014 to 2017, Gonzalez was a graduate assistant for Estelle.
During his first stint with the Javelinas, Gonzalez helped guide a squad that would improve from eight wins in year one to 11 in year two. In year three of Estelle and Gonzalez’s tenure, the team racked up 19 victories, including a record of 10-8 in Lone Star Conference play, TAMUK’s highest win total in conference action since 1995-96. The Javs capped the season with their first ever NCAA Tournament victory, a 74-71 triumph at the expense of UT Permain Basin. During this time, Gonzalez also earned his master’s degree in education and human performance from Texas A&M-Kingsville.
Gonzalez spent the 2017-18 campaign as an assistant coach at Blinn College in Brenham, Texas, helping the Buccaneers accumulate 20 wins and reach the regional semi-finals. The team also placed three student-athletes on the All-Region XIV squad.
Prior to coming to Kingsville, Gonzalez spent two seasons as the head manager of the University of Houston basketball team. His duties included planning and coordinating official recruiting visits and assisting with practices, travel itineraries and summer camps. He also served as intramurals coordinator, training new basketball referees.
Gonzalez first opportunity in basketball came at the University of Texas at El Paso, where he was the basketball manager for two seasons. He received a bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology and Sports Administration in 2014 from the University of Houston.