Monica Gonzalez was recently appointed as an assistant coach on new Houston Dash head coach James Clarkson’s staff. Gonzalez is a former professional player and international player with the Mexican women’s national team. She also has extensive experience as a TV broadcaster in the men’s and women’s game. Gonzalez joined The Equalizer Podcast to discuss her transition into professional coaching, a move she has long wanted to make.
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On changing from broadcasting to coaching
“There was something missing in my heart and I knew that I really wanted to be on the field. I am a coach; I’ve been a coach since I was probably 12 or 13 years old, and I’ve always known that I was. …
“This game isn’t where it is supposed to be and we deserve better at all levels, but broadcasting, you’re not on the field. You’re not necessarily helping the game to grow; you’re not advancing the sport. You’re just talking about people.”
On the cornerstone players of the Dash
“Probably franchise player, face of the team is Kealia Ohai. That’s not just because who she lives with and all that. She’s a player who stood out to me. When the Dash first started, my parents were living next door, so we would go watch a game every year and I had remembered Ohai from college, from [North] Carolina and just tearing things up at the youth national team level. So, attacking players are always standout players. And then, in the back, Amber Brooks, she has just been a mainstay.”
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