ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – The Lobos have a new football coach, and he’s a hometown guy. Multiple sources tell KRQE Sports that it’s Arizona state defensive coordinator and assistant head coach Danny Gonzales.
Gonzales is the one Lobo fans have been calling for. The former Valley Viking and UNM Lobo football player got his start in coaching as a graduate assistant with the Lobos under Rocky Long in 1999.
Gonzales followed Long to San Diego State where he spent seven seasons before joining Herm Edwards at ASU two seasons ago. Since his arrival, the Sun Devils defense improved significantly.
The former Lobo safety and punter was in charge of the Lobo football program once before, but it was brief. Gonzales was named interim head coach at New Mexico when Long departed in 2008.
Gonzales will inherit a program stuck in the mire of three consecutive losing seasons. The Lobos have only won eight games in the last three years.
Questions yet to be answered include how much Gonzales will make and how long his contract will run.
Gonzales will be introduced at Tuesday night’s Lobo men’s basketball game and UNM will make the formal announcement during a news conference on Wednesday.