Gonzalez was most recently the regional training center head coach and assistant director for USA Michigan Volleyball where he guided the Runbird Elite 18U and 17U club teams. In 1998 and 2003, Gonzalez’ 18U team won the gold medal at the East Coast Championships, hosted by Penn State. In back-to-back seasons (2002, 2003) he coached the only statewide team to qualify for the USAV Junior National Tournament in the 18 and under age group. Over the course of his 11 years involved with the elite club, Gonzalez trained and developed 45 athletes who went on to earn scholarships to Division I schools and numerous others who played for Division II, III and NAIA programs.
“Orlando brings with him 10 years of experience and he is organized, professional and enthusiastic,” said Leonard-House. “I think he will do a great job of recruiting top student-athletes to our program.”
On the collegiate level, Gonzalez served for two years as an assistant coach at Northwood University in Midland, MI, where he was specifically responsible for drill instruction and defensive development. Prior to Northwood, Gonzalez had two stints as a head coach on the scholastic level. He began the first varsity program at Dakota High School in Macomb, MI, and molded the team into a conference champion by its third year (1998). In 1995, he guided Marian High School in Birmingham, MI, to the district title, regional finals and a top-five ranking in the state.
Gonzalez is a three-time speaker at the annual Michigan Interscholastic Volleyball Coaches Association (MIVCA) Coaches Clinic (1999, 2001, 2002) and was twice the keynote volleyball speaker at the MAHPERD Clinic (2000, 2001).
Gonzalez earned his bachelor’s degree in communication and marketing from Michigan State in 2003.