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Popular League Sports Coach Joselito Gonzaga Dies

Family of Joselito Gonzaga has confirmed the local softball, football and basketball league coach has passed away.

A beloved coach for several Pleasanton league sports has died.

Joselito Gonzaga was known for coaching the Pleasanton Girls Softball League (PGSL), the Pleasanton Junior Football League (PJFL) and Girls Basketball League.

In a newsletter for the PJFL from last year, Gonzaga was praised for "the determination and heart" he showed as a coach for his team — the Falcons.

In a 2009 issue of Pleasanton Middle School's newsletter, The Panther Press, Gonzaga was also recognized for his dedication to coaching girls basketball.

"Our 20-plus girls 6th grade team had a wonderful learning experience with their coach, Joselito Gonzaga," the newsletter states. "Our girls greatly benefited from your goodwill, knowledge about basketball and your integrity."

Aside from coaching, Gonzaga was also a certified massage therapist at in Pleasanton for the past seven years. His manager Wendy Schmit said Gonzaga was "absolutely irreplaceable."

"He was just the best of the best," she said. "He's so connected to the community and was just such a caring person."

Though information on Gonzaga's passing was not released, the family said they will be sending out an obituary with details on his services. 

Was Joselito Gonzaga a coach for one of your child's sports teams? What will you remember most about him?

Email pleasanton@patch.com with your memories.

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Chris Maloney September 12, 2012 at 03:18 AM
I was blessed to have met Joselito when I worked at ClubSport. I was also client of his. He was a wonderful person who always greeted you with a hug and a warm smile. What a wonderful man who always spoke of his children proudly. I hope that those who knew him can find some comfort in celebrating how he touched so many people in his short life and that he at home with the Lord. Love you Joselito.
Herb Ritter September 12, 2012 at 03:58 PM
Joselito was my son's coach years ago when we first met. His attitude towards teaching the kids and us adults was so positive and supportive. He had a special way of giving constructive criticism with a smile so the kids and volunteer adults could learn how to be better ball players. He had a great attitude about life as well. Thank you for the great memories. Thoughts and prayers to the family.
Terry Abbey September 12, 2012 at 04:20 PM
When we leave this world we hope that we have made it a better place. Joselito did leave us better through his positive influence on the kids he coached and friends he had. As a manager for Pleasanton Foothill Little League he taught with such a positive life focus and always with a smile that it was infectious. He wll truely be missed by all who met and knew him.
The Nicer Pleasanton Mom September 13, 2012 at 02:42 PM
Come celebrate the life of Joselito this Thursday, September 13, 2012, at 6:30 pm at the Bernal Baseball Fields. This will be an opportunity to share your feelings and stories about Joselito. Balloons will be available for the kids to write messages on and to release into the heavens. All are welcome. If you child has ever been coached by Joselito, please ask them to wear their uniform.
Nidhi September 14, 2012 at 09:47 PM
After I heard the news about Joselito, I couldn't just believe it. Even after a couple days I still think he is there, somewhere smiling, talking and coaching the team. It was such a blessing to have him coach my daughter, Shivi, 9 years back for softball. He was always very patient, and made sure that the girls learned new techniques and continued thier passion for playing.

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