In what might be the shortest coaching search in the history of the CHSAA, Ed Gonzalez has been named the new Bishop Loughlin boys’ basketball coach, it was announced by Loughlin principal James Dorney on Friday. He replaces Rudy King, who resigned as interim coach Tuesday.
Gonzalez, a former head coach at All Hallows, will also have a full−time position in the Bishop Loughlin admissions department.
“It’s a great opportunity to be in the league and coach against the finest coaches in the country, the best league in the county,” Gonzalez said. “I’m honored to be selected as the coach of Loughlin.”
King went 16−11 in his lone season at the helm, guiding the Lions to the CHSAA Class AA intersectional semifinals. He spent six years at the school, serving as a junior varsity coach and varsity assistant before being named interim varsity coach in October. He replaced Khalid Green, who left to accept a position with the New Jersey Nets after five years as head coach.
Angela Proce, Bishop Loughlin’s athletic director, said the school was looking for a coach who would work full−time in the building. When King, who worked outside of the school, resigned, Proce said Gonzalez was at the top of her list.
“He’s a good friend, I know him well,” she said. “I know what he’s done with the program at All Hallows. He’s a good man and a good man to have in the CHSAA.”
Gonzalez, who played at All Hallows and was an assistant under John Carey for eight years, became the Gaels head coach when Carey accepted an assistant coaching position at Fairfield University.
Carey then replaced Gonzalez as head coach for the 2008 season. While some have said Gonzalez was forced out by his alma mater, Gonzalez said he didn’t feel slighted by All Hallows.
“They made a decision and they wanted for me to continue to do the admissions job so I respected what they said and wanted me to do,” he said. “I was just thankful for the opportunity they gave me.”
Gonzalez is the fourth coach in eight years at Bishop Loughlin after Bob Leckie spent 13 seasons there before accepting the head coaching job at Saint Peter’s College.
“They’re getting a really good basketball mind and a great person, as well,” said Drexel assistant coach Tony Chiles, who is also a former All Hallows assistant. “I’m just happy that he’s back in basketball. I know he really missed it.”
Basketball, Gonzalez said, is just part of his job description.
“First and foremost, it’s about building the character of the kid and also preparing them for the real world and life in general,” Gonzalez said. “The other stuff will follow.”