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Class of 1969

Head Coach Gonzalez: Bio

[Head Coach Armando Gonzalez]Armando Gonzalez brings a wealth of experience to Dana Hills High School. With over 27 years of coaching experience at the high school, college and youth levels, he is considered a mentor in the football community. He has established himself as one of the leaders with the most wins in Los Angeles history, with a record of 159-35-3 (.819) after seventeen seasons as Head Coach at Franklin High School. He won thirteen league championships and four L.A. City-C.I.F. Titles in his tenure at Franklin. Armando was honored as Los Angeles Times Section and Los Angeles City Section “Coach of the Year” four times. Coach Gonzalez guided his squads into the playoffs 17 consecutive seasons and never posted a losing season. During the 1990’s he won 59 league games in a row. Armando has coached several All Star Games, including the prestigious North/South Shrine Classic in 1987, where his South squad defeated the heavily favored North.

Armando looks forward to reviving and rebuilding the Dolphin Football Program and will establish a winning tradition that represents the school and community with character, academic and athletic excellence. One of his primary goals at Dana Hills is to develop our football student-athletes intellectually, emotionally, socially, and physically.

Coach Gonzalez was not always blessed with large numbers of difference making athletes. His teams won because of his enthusiastic coaching style and his ability to motivate his players. Armando is considered a passing whiz and a leader in the development of quarterbacks and receivers. Having coached 14 All City-C.I.F. Quarterbacks and 18All-City-C.I.F. receivers is a testament of his coaching abilities. In 1989 his QB became California’s first 4000-yard passer while totaling 52 touchdown passes in a single season, both state records at that time and still holds two National records.

Coach Gonzalez is a graduate of California State University, Los Angeles, where he received his Bachelor of Arts and a life teaching credential in 1975. He returned to his alma mater, Franklin High School where he coached for 23 years. While at Franklin he served as a Teacher and Chairperson of the physical Education Department, Assistant A.D. and Dean of Students. He also was an active board member of the Californian Coaches Association for 2 years, president and vice president of the Los Angeles City Coaches Association for 4 years and member of the National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame, Pasadena/San Gabriel Chapter.

Armando currently resides in Laguna Niguel with his beautiful wife, Genevieve and their two sons, Daniel and Erik.

An excellent choice for the wall if he is not on it already!

Armando has made a difference for so many along the way! Name the wall after him!

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