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Oilers pick former Portage assistant Gonzalez to head Whiting girls hoops

2014-06-18T18:31:00Z 2014-06-19T14:26:25Z Oilers pick former Portage assistant Gonzalez to head Whiting girls hoopsHillary Smith hillary.smith@nwi.com, (219) 933-3233 nwitimes.com

After seven years in the Portage basketball system, former assistant Jovanny Gonzalez is heading out on his own.

Gonzalez was picked to head the Whiting girls basketball team, replacing Kevin Moynihan as the Oilers coach.

Gonzalez was the head JV coach and varsity assistant last season for the Portage girls team, his third under Chris Siebert. Gonzalez also spent four previous seasons under Rick Snodgrass with the boys program.

"I've gotten to know a lot of good coaches at Portage and I've worked with a lot of good coaches that have helped me along," Gonzalez said. "I've learned a lot of good things on and off the court."

Gonzalez said that the Whiting job was one that he jumped at as soon as he saw the opening.

"I'm really excited about the opportunity to get out there and coach," Gonzalez said. "The last five years, they have been really successful and they've been really consistent. Every time I've seen them in summer leagues, it's been from afar, but I've seen a group that's worked really hard. I wanted to be a head coach so this was a great opportunity."

The Oilers were 93-61 in seven years with Moynihan, including 70-39 in the last five years as they won a sectional title in the 2012-13 season.

Whiting graduated three seniors including starters Citlali Lopez and Bri Blackwell, who were both Times all-area second-team players.

Gonzalez took over open gym workouts this week.

"The biggest thing, I'm going to expect them to work hard at all times," Gonzalez said. "I have a philosophy of always being aggressive, both on offense and defense. Once I implement those things, we'll see what we can and can't do depending on personnel."

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