Adam Gonzaga enters his third season at SVSU as the Defensive Coordinator. In the 2015 season, he helped the Cardinals to 886 total tackles. Gonzaga also coach Bryan Jones to 9.4 tackles per game, ranking fourth in the GLIAC.
In the 2014 season Gonzaga led the defense to record 10 defensive interceptions and 796 total tackles. He also coached redshirted freshman Bryan Jones to 106 tackles, the second most in the conference.
Gonzaga joins the Cardinals from Ohio Northern University, where he spent four seasons as the team's defensive coordinator and defensive backs coach.
Prior to his time at Ohio Northern, Gonzaga served as the defensive backs coach at Bowling Green State University in 2007 and 2008. The Falcons competed in the GMAC Bowl in the 2007 season.
Before his stint at BGSU, Adam spent five seasons (2002-06) at Northwood University as the defensive coordinator. During his tenure with the Timberwolves, Gonzaga coached three players who received GLIAC "Defensive Back of the Year" awards and led a defense that helped Northwood to three NCAA Division II Playoff appearances (2004, 2005, 2006) and one Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) championship.
Gonzaga has had many other coaching stops along the way, including coaching stints at: University of Texas-El Paso (2010), Navy (2001), Greenville College (Ill.) (1999-00), Connecticut (1998), Lafayette (1997-98), Montana State (1996), Pacific (1993-95) and one season as a volunteer recruiting assistant at Stanford in 1992.
Adam is a 1992 graduate of Azusa Pacific University with a B.A. in Education.
He is married to the former Heidi James and the couple has two children, Alexis (20) and Addison (15).
Defensive Line Coach
Josh Miller is entering his fourth season as defensive line coach at SVSU. Last season he coached the defense to 17 sacks, 61 tackles for loss, and 886 total tackles. The Cardinals averaged 80.5 tackles per game.
In 2014 he helped coach the defense to a total of 24 sacks and an average of 72.5 tackles per game. In the 2013 season Miller headed a defense that recorded 23 sacks and 77 tackles for loss. He also coached defensive lineman Brian Johnson to All-GLIAC honors and 119 total tackles, ranking him tied for second overall in the GLIAC. In his first seson his defensive unit finished with 26 sacks (3rd GLIAC) and 67 tackles for loss. He helped coach defensive end Ryan Busch to all-conference honors in 2012.
During his one season at Northern Michigan (2011), Miller helped to develop Wildcat team MVP Matt Forward. Forward and Zach Anderson would also garner All-GLIAC honors as the two leading tacklers on the team in 2011.
Miller played on the defensive line for four years at SVSU (2004-07) where he was a three-time all-GLIAC selection and three-year captain. He still currently ranks second in carerre sacks (24) and third in tackles for loss. He also ranks sixth and eighth in sacks in a season with 10 and 9.5.
After college Miller played a season with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in 2008 and two seasons with the Saskatchewan Roughriders in 2009-10 both of the Canadian Football League.
Miller is from Waterford, Mich. and is a 2004 graduated of Waterford Mott High School where he lettered in football, baseball and basketball. He graduated from SVSU in 2010 with a bachelor's degree in Exercise Science with a Coaching minor.
Assistant Defensive Backs Coach
Adam Foren is in his first season as a Cardinals’ Assistant Defensive Coach, working with the defensive secondary.
He joins the SVSU Football Program from Hope College, where he spent two seasons as a Student Assistant Coach, working with the quarterbacks and defensive secondary during this time. Prior to this, he had been a quarterback for Hope.
Foren graduated from Hope College, where he received his B.A. in Higher Level Leadership.