Adam Gonzaga enters his fifth season at SVSU as the Defensive Coordinator.
In the 2017 season, Gonzaga coached the Saginaw Valley defense to a shutout, 9 interceptions, 6 recovered fumbles, 20 sacks, and 742 total tackles. Gonzaga led cornerback Ryan Verhelst, linebacker Michael Alexander and linebacker Bryan Jones to Second-Team All-GLIAC honors. In addition, he led defensive end Jack Jennings, linebacker Justin Whitted, and defensive end Zack Hadorn to Honorable Mention All-GLIAC honors. Cornerback Ryan Verhelst led the league with five interceptions under Gonzaga.
In the 2016 season, Gonzaga led the Cardinal defense to 11 interceptions and 13 recovered fumbles. Under Gonzaga, the Cardinals totaled 806 tackles and 18 sacks for loss. Senior Matt McKoy earned GLIAC Defensive Back of the Year, First-Team All-GLIAC, Second-Team All-American, All-Region Super Four, First-Team AP Little All-American, and AFCA All-American honors under Gonzaga. Junior linebacker Bryan Jones earned Second-Team All-GLIAC honors, averaging 11.1 tackles per game, leading the league. Gonzaga also coached senior linebacker Joe Craven, sophomore safety Dillon Dixon, and freshman corner back Marvin White to Honorable Mention GLIAC honors.
In the 2015 season, he helped the Cardinals to 886 total tackles. Gonzaga also coached 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 redshirt 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).