Gonzales success speaks loudly on the field

Gonzales success speaks loudly on the field

On March 22, Jason Gonzales earned his 200th victory as head coach of the Texas A&M University Kingsville baseball team, making him the fastest skipper in Javelina baseball history to reach the 200 win mark. Entering his seventh season as head coach of the Javelinas, Gonzales has lived up to all expectations on and off the field. Gonzales has taken the Javelinas to three NCAA South Central Regional Tournaments since taking over as head coach. With back to back-to-back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances; the Javelinas are set to continue their winning ways in 2015 with a head coach that knows his 200 wins are not just by his efforts, but from those around him. “What 200 wins means is a couple of things,” Gonzales said. “If I have been good at anything it is because I have been surrounded by good people. We have been able to recruit quality student athletes who have bought into the program we have in place.”
Gonzales, a native of Cuero, began his baseball journey starting at shortstop at Cuero High School, where he later graduated in 1988 before becoming an All-state baseball player.  He then would be taken in the MLB draft by the Atlanta Braves in 1988, but signed with the University of Texas. He then suffered an injury while at UT and transferred to Blinn Junior College where he played from 1990-1991. He was again selected by the Braves in the 1991 draft, but went to the University of Louisiana Lafayette where he played two seasons for the Ragin’ Cajuns.  Gonzales then served as an assistant for two years at Arkansas State and one season at Wharton County Junior College.  He returned to UL Lafayette in 1998 where he served as an assistant through the 2002 season. During that time, the Cajuns hosted their first NCAA Regional Tournament, advanced to the NCAA College World Series and won a pair of regional championships before coming to the Javelinas. “The good Lord told me this is where you need to be,” Gonzales said. I saw that the coaching job was open and my wife and I felt Kingsville was a place that we could come and build something special and when you walk with the Lord all you have to do is follow him and overall we just felt this is where we needed to be.” In 2014, the Javelinas advanced to the championship game of the NCAA South Central Region for the second consecutive season and were one out away from advancing to the College World Series before falling to Colorado Mesa. But 2015 is here and Gonzales knows that there is no room for excuses and knows that his ball club must continue to handle every situation with class and playing for each other. “Playing with class is a big reason we have been successful,” Gonzales said. “I give a lot of credit to my assistant coaches and I am thankful to have been surrounded by good people. A team that I admire the most is the San Antonio Spurs because they have always handled every situation with class and play their game the right way and that’s what we strive to be like.” With new faces on the field and most of their power bats graduating, the mindset has and always will stay the same in Kingsville. Whether it is playing small ball or relying on starting pitching, Gonzales knows adjustments are part of the game. “We are scoring runs differently than we did last year,” Gonzales said. “This year we are stealing more bases and beating teams with our pitching. This has been a very fun team to coach because we only have on starter from last year, so we recruited and been fortunate to have guys step up. The environment has remain the same and we have guys that are God fearing men and these guys enjoy the brotherhood.” The reigning Lone Star Conference champions currently sit at 19-12 overall and 13-6 in the LSC with an LSC best 15-3 record at home as they prepare once again for another LSC title run. “If all people say about me is that I won championships and reached 200 wins, then I think I failed as a man,” said Gonzales. I want to be known as a coach that created an environment for these guys to grow a brotherhood and have fun, love each other and create life long friendships that last them a lifetime.”