|Born||March 18, 1963|
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|1986–1987||Broome CC (asst.)|
|1992–1993||Rice HS (asst.)|
|Head coaching record|
|Accomplishments and honors|
2× MAAC Tournament champions (2003, 2004)|
3× MAAC regular season champions (2003, 2004, 2006)
|2× MAAC Coach of the Year (2003, 2006)|
Bobby Gonzalez (born March 18, 1963) 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 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.
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 second 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
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.
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.
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.
Head coaching record
|Manhattan Jaspers (Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference) (1999–2006)|
|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|
|2005–06||Manhattan||20–11||14–4||1st||NIT Second Round|
|Seton Hall Pirates (Big East Conference) (2006–2010)|
|2009–10||Seton Hall||19–13||9–9||10th||NIT First Round|
Postseason invitational champion
- Caldwell, Dave. Seton Hall to Hire Gonzalez. New York Times, 2006-04-07.
- Armstrong, Kevin; Thamel, Pete. Seton Hall’s Bobby Gonzalez Is a Divisive Figure in the Big East. New York Times, 2010-03-08.
- Prunty, Brendan. Seton Hall coach Bobby Gonzalez given three-year contract extension. The Star-Ledger, 2009-09-10.
- Pelzman, J.P. Seton Hall ousted from NIT by Texas Tech after Herb Pope's early ejection Archived September 26, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.. The Record, 2010-03-17.
- Prunty, Brendan; Politi, Steve. Personal behavior, actions of players cost Bobby Gonzalez his job at Seton Hall. The Star-Ledger, 2010-03-17.
- Pelzman, J.P. Seton Hall fires basketball coach Bobby Gonzalez Archived September 30, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.. The Record, 2010-03-18.
- Prunty, Brendan. Former Seton Hall men's basketball coach Bobby Gonzalez files lawsuit against university. The Star-Ledger, 2010-04-09.
- Bobby Gonzalez, Seton Hall settle. ESPN, 2010-08-17.