What began as a whirlwind, taking over a Mandeville program that had gone through two years of turmoil and change, has now turned into a model of steadiness.
That stems from the work put in by Coach Hutch Gonzales. He now feels comfortable with the reins of the Skippers and has them primed to contend for a District 6-5A championship, as they just missed last season and made an improbable run to the Class 5A quarterfinals.
So who is Hutch Gonzales? He’s a man who loves spending as much time with his family as he does on the football field, even if he doesn’t always have as much time as he’d like to do so.
In our Coaches Corner segments, we take a stroll around the parish and get an inside, personal look at our 12 football coaches in St. Tammany Parish.
Children: Samantha (10), Max (8) and one on the way
High school: Covington, Class of 2001
Talk about your family. How much time do you get to spend with them, and what sort of things do y’all like to do?
The big break, and especially the 4 or 5 months before we were able to get back into football was depressing at times and stressful, but it was nice to be able to spend that much time with family and being home. My wife works for parish government, so they were working from home as well. We spent a lot of that time at home together and with the kids, and we did all kinds of fun things.
I got to coach my son in baseball and watch my daughter do gymnastics. Obviously, we were locked in the house for a long time, so we are having another baby (laughs), but it