Gonzales has been with San Diego State for the past seven seasons, mostly as a safeties coach. He was promoted to defensive coordinator prior to the 2017 season and help led the Aztecs to a 10-3 season and an appearance in the Armed Forces Bowl.
“Danny Gonzales has cut his teeth working with one of the top defensive schemes in the past decade of college football,” ASU’s coach Herm Edwards said. “In his first season as defensive coordinator, there was no drop-off in the production on the defensive end and he helped guide the Aztecs to a 10-win season. Danny is one of the top young coaching talents in the game today and we are happy to bring him on board at ASU.”
In the 2017 season, Gonzales’ first as defensive coordinator, San Diego State finished the regular season 11th nationally and first in the Mountain West in total defense. The Aztecs were ninth in rushing defense and 27th in passing yards allowed.
“I am honored and humbled to be a part of the Arizona State University football program. It is a privilege to represent such a prestigious institution, and to be a part of this program’s rich tradition of athletic excellence,” Gonzales said.
Under Gonzales’ tutelage, Nat Berhe, a 2014 fifth-round draft pick for the New York Giants, became the first Aztec safety in the Mountain West era to win all-conference honors three years in a row. He also coached Eric Pinkins, who was selected in the sixth round by the Seattle Seahawks in 2014.
Gonzales was also part of Aztec coach Rocky Long’s staff at New Mexico, where he was a three-year letter winner, competing as a punter and safety.