Aug 28, 2013
BOCA RATON, Fla. – Florida Atlantic University’s Department of Athletics has named Ricardo Gonzalez as head coach of men’s tennis.
Gonzalez served as interim head coach from February to June. He came to FAU after he worked as a tennis instructor for the men’s program at the Evert Tennis Academy in Boca Raton from May 2011 to December 2012. Prior to that, he held the position of men’s assistant tennis coach at Davidson College in North Carolina for the 2010-11 season.
Gonzalez began his coaching career at Saddlebrook Tennis Academy in Tampa, where he worked as a tennis instructor and boarding school counselor during the summers from 2003-05. He continued on to serve as a tennis instructor from 2007-10, and a strength and conditioning coach from 2008-10 at Smith Stearns Tennis Academy in Hilton Head, S.C.
Gonzalez took on the position of interim head coach at FAU while also working as a private coach for Maria Fernanda Alvarez, a Women's Tennis Association professional player.
A 2007 graduate of the University of Georgia, Gonzalez was on the NCAA National Championship team in his senior year and team served as team captain. In 2006, the team was the NCAA runner-up. During his collegiate career, he also tallied three SEC Championship titles in 2004, 2006, and 2007.
Gonzalez went on to compete in the junior tennis circuit, by the International Tennis Federation, where earned a spot in the top-100 player rankings. He also competed for the Puerto Rico Men’s National Tennis Team that won the Davis Cup from 2003-06 and 2009-12. The team participated in the Central America and Caribbean Olympic Games.
Gonzalez will lead men’s tennis in its first season as a part of Conference USA, scheduled to begin in September.