TEMPLE — A good job for her husband, not to mention a chance to be close to several family members, has led Bree Holz-Gonzales to say goodbye to the area.
Holz-Gonzales resigned as Temple High School’s volleyball coach after two seasons Tuesday. Before coaching the Tem-Cats she spent six years at Salado.
Holz-Gonzales is heading south as her husband, Roger Gonzales, a former assistant basketball coach at Harker Heights, will be an assistant principal within Seguin ISD.
Holz-Gonzales will continue her coaching career as an assistant at New Braunfels, joining a tradition-rich program that won Class 4A state titles in 2000 and 2005 and was state runner-up in 2002 (4A) and 2012 (5A).
“It was a hard decision for us,” Holz-Gonzales said. “We like the area, but we have a lot of family in Seguin and New Braunfels. My husband has family in south Austin too. That helps when you have two small children.”
The Gonzaleses have two daughters, 4-year-old Raelyn and 8½-month-old Brenna, and Holz-Gonzales has several relatives that live in New Braunfels, including her parents and a grandmother.
Gonzales, who was the lead assistant under Knights head basketball coach Celneque Bobbitt for six years, decided to get out of coaching after being passed over for several head coaching jobs recently, including at both Killeen and Shoemaker the last two years.
For Holz-Gonzales, her legacy with the Temple volleyball program could be returning it to respectability.
The Tem-Cats were 30-51, 12-16 in district play during her tenure. Temple was 12-28, 5-9 in District 8-5A in 2012 with Holz-Gonzales missing the last three weeks of the season because of maternity leave.
The highlight of her coaching career in Temple was 2011 as the Tem-Cats made the playoffs after a three-year absence, although she is quick to deflect credit.
“It’s not about me. It was the kids that wanted it so bad,” Holz-Gonzales said. “I just came in and put the pieces together.”
She had similar success prior to Temple, when she took over a Lady Eagles team that had just one district win in the three years prior to her arrival.
After winning five district games in 2005, and seven in 2006, the Eagles became a 2A powerhouse. Salado was 123-35 from 2007-2010 under Holz-Gonzales, including three district titles. The 2008 Salado squad was 38-6 and advanced to the Region IV-2A final before losing to Wallis Brazos.
Holz-Gonzales played high school volleyball at Schulenburg and at the collegiate level for Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI).
Temple athletic director Mike Spradlin said Holz-Gonzales put the volleyball program going in the right direction.
“I like her sense of professionalism. I like the way she runs her program,” Spradlin said. “We’ll miss her, but she’s leaving our program in good shape and with a good foundation.”
Holz-Gonzales is confident the Tem-Cats will build on what they’ve done the last two years.
“They’ll be fine without me. They’re great kids,” Holz-Gonzales said. “They just have to continue what they’re doing. Hopefully they won’t take this summer off.”
Spradlin said the search for Holz-Gonzales’ successor is underway and hopes to make a hire by early July.