Gonzales was the starting quarterback at Carpinteria for three years. 1977-1979. In both his junior and senior year, he earned first team All-Tri-ValJey League honors, Tri Valley Offen~ive Player of the Year, first team All-CIF and ClF Offensive Player of the year. He was nanled the Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table Athlete of the Year for football in hi~ senior year. Winning the Tri-Valley League crown in Gonzales’ junior and senior years. the team lost in the finals of the ClF playoffs in his senior year.
Gonzales enjoyed first team All-Tri-Valley League nods in basketball in his junior and senior years as well as a league co-chall1pionship in 1979. Gonzales was also a three year lettennan in baseball. From the fall of 1980 to 1995 Gonzales served in various coaching capacities, from head to assi~tant at al1 levels, for the Carpinteria footbalL basketbal1 and baseball programs.
A ]5-year veteran of the Santa Barbara Police Departlnenl, Gonzales notes his most difficult n10ment CaIne in his junior year when a fooLbaIl injury almost ended his high school career. Doctors advised that playing contact sports could result in pennanent damage or paralysis. Gonzales chose to take the chance and returned to [he field four weeks later.
Gonzales still lives in Carpinteria and says his life has been influenced by hi~ Inother Jessie. his brothers Bobby_ Frank and Ray, his uncle Ed Rubio, high school coaches Lon Panizzon and Jim Bashore, and Dan Cordero. a youth coach and family friend.