Gonzales makes her way to Penn via fellow Big 5 school Saint
Joseph’s, where she spent her last seven years, first as a standout
student-athlete, then as a coach. Most recently, from 2010-12, Gonzales served
as an assistant coach with the Hawks. She helped coach the Hawks to two
consecutive Atlantic 10 Tournament berths, an A-10 title game appearance, and
its first 30-win season since 2002.
"We are very excited to have Dani on board,” said head coach Leslie King,
who is entering her 10th season as head coach. “We are looking forward to using
her experience as a successful Division I pitcher, hitter and coach to help our
athletes continue to develop. We have a very experienced team and, with the
addition of Dani to our staff, I feel like we are in a great place to challenge
for an Ivy League Championship."
Prior to coaching, Gonzales was a member of the Saint
Joseph’s softball program from 2005-09 where she was a mainstay in the circle.
In addition to being captain of the team her senior season, she was a two-time
A-10 All-Conference performer (2008, 2009), she was named as the team’s Most
Valuable Player in 2007, named to the A-10 All-Tournament Team in 2009 and was
a three-time A-10 Athlete of the Week honoree.
"I am looking forward to being a part of such a prestigious school that
has astounding academic and athletic standards," Gonzales said. "I can't wait to work
hard and making a difference with the team and see how far we
Gonzales graduated from Saint Joseph’s in 2009 with a degree
in sports and entertainment marketing, then again in 2012 with a master’s
degree in business administration with a concentration in management and marketing.
Gonzales hails from Collingdale, Pa.