Coaching Staff

David Gonzalez

Contact Information: dgonzalez@alaskarush.com 907-952-4206

Teams: Head Coach, 2010 Boys

Coaching Experience:
  With 30 years of coaching under his belt, David Gonzalez brings a wealth of expertise to the field. His coaching journey spans various levels, from clubs to high schools, ODP to college. As a graduate assistant at Pacific Lutheran University, he honed his skills further, laying the groundwork for his successful career. Notable stints include coaching at AK United, Goldstrikers, AYSC, and Alaska Rush, with numerous state titles under his belt. At the high school level, he led Dimond High School to two state championships in the late ’90s and contributed as an assistant coach to South Anchorage High School’s state championship in 2023. His dedication has been recognized with the ASYSA 2024 Coach of the Year award..

Licenses/Awards:
David holds a D license and was honored as the ASYSA 2024 Coach of the Year, a testament to his commitment and skill in nurturing young talent.

Education:
David holds a Bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education, a foundation that informs his approach to coaching and mentorship.

Playing Experience: David’s passion for soccer was cultivated early, playing club soccer in Alaska before showcasing his talent during four years on the varsity team at Dimond High School. He continued his soccer journey collegiately at Pacific Lutheran University, where his standout performances earned him 1st team all-region and honorable mention All-American status in his senior year. His achievements place him in the top 10 for Goals Against Average, Shutouts, and Saves at PLU.

Favorite Food: All things Curry
Favorite Team: Manchester United, New York Rangers
Favorite 3 Players: Peter Schmeichel, Eric (The King) Cantona, Wayne Rooney, Mark Messier

Why do you coach?

David coaches with passion, purpose, and a commitment to making a difference. His love for developing players and shaping them into not just better athletes but better people is at the core of his coaching ethos.

Why Alaska Rush?
David believes in the Alaska Rush system and the opportunities it provides. Unlike some programs focused solely on winning titles, the coaching staff at Rush prioritizes holistic player development, aligning with David’s values and coaching philosophy.

Other than coaching, what do you enjoy doing?

Outside of coaching, David finds joy in spending time with his family at the lakehouse during the summer and hitting the slopes in the mountains for some skiing during the winter months.

David Gonzalez embodies the spirit of coaching excellence, blending his extensive experience, educational background, and passion for the game to inspire the next generation of soccer stars at Alaska Rush.