Coaching Forward to a Championship
Luchi Gonzalez, head coach of FC Dallas, has both the passion and experience behind the game. He attended Southern Methodist University and played soccer from 1998–2001. In 2008, he started coaching. He taught and coached for several years in Miami.
In 2012, FC Dallas owner Dan Hunt offered Luchi the Academy Coaching position with FC Dallas. Soon after, he was named the director of Academy Coaching, and in December 2018, he was promoted to head coach of FC Dallas.
Here’s what he has to say about his experience so far.
Aside from winning matches, what is the most rewarding part of being the head coach for FC Dallas?
By far, I would have to say watching the entire team develop both professionally as well as in their lives off the field. It is rewarding to see them become outstanding contributors to our society.
How would you say that you stand out from other head coaches?
I have always lived by making sure that I stay true to myself and values. With coaching, I have always made sure that I continue to learn and grow. I do this by gathering mentors. I study other coaching methods and am always open to discussing and trying new strategies. I make it a point to learn new things every day.
What do you like to do in your free time?
I would have to say spending time with my family. We love to visit new restaurants around the DFW area. We all love different genres of music and will enjoy music as a family. As for the time with my wife, we enjoy attending various local shows.
What is one motto you like to live by?
FC Dallas actually has quotes we use before each game to use as inspiration. One of my favorites is: “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.”