ATHENS, Ga. — Ben Gonzalez was named director of operations for Georgia Basketball, head coach Mike White announced on Saturday.
Gonzalez arrives in Athens after spending the past four seasons in the same role at Florida Atlantic. He was also an undergraduate and graduate director in Florida for three years.
“I look forward to working with Ben again,” said White. “He was a terrific student director for us at UF and had breakthrough success at FAU. He is very driven and intense in his duties.”
“I’m very honored and excited to be able to work for Coach White again,” Gonzalez said. “I think of Coach White and many of our other team members as family, and I’m grateful to work with such great people.”
Gonzalez joined the Owls’ staff in 2018 shortly after the introduction of head coach Dusty May, one of three former white Florida assistants who are now Division I head coaches. Gonzalez’s responsibilities in Georgia will reflect his duties at FAU, where he managed the team’s budget and travel, developed and organized itineraries to recruit official visits, and recruited and developed the team’s student managers. Additionally, he played a major role in organizing May’s team and individual camps.
While a student in Florida, Gonzalez worked with White during his first three seasons as Gators head coach. He spent two years as an undergraduate manager before becoming a graduate manager for the 2017-18 campaign. Meanwhile, Florida has recorded 68 wins, advancing to the 2016 NIT Quarterfinals, the 2017 NCAA “Elite Eight” and the 2018 NCAA Round of 32.
Gonzalez was also active in the UF Athletic Association’s “Blue Shirt” marketing organization in 2014 and 2015. He helped organize ESPN’s College GameDay and the “Link to Pink” from the Gators. Gonzalez also served on the group’s football project team responsible for developing ideas to improve the fan experience and generate excitement at Gators games.
Since 2017, Gonzalez has been involved with the Uncommon Sports Group, a faith-based organization founded by former management students designed to develop leaders in the sports industry. His activities include traveling to Liberia to help run a three-week sports camp, representing the group in the Men’s Final Four to attract new members, and conducting a tour of FAU Athletics facilities for 15 selected participants for a ” Impact Trip”.
A native of Tampa, Florida, Gonzalez has two Florida degrees. He earned his bachelor’s degree in sports management in three years in 2017 and added a master’s degree in sports management a year later.
Gonzalez is the third addition to the Bulldogs staff announced this week, joining Brice Douglasthe Special Assistant to the Head Coach and Director of Scouting, and Julie Danielsonthe video coordinator.
“We are incredibly thrilled to welcome these three people,” said White. “They are very talented professionals and great people.”
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