Coach Gonzalez is a 2002 graduate of Holy Cross High School in New York City where he was a four-year member of the basketball team. During his senior season, he served as a team captain and led the Knights in scoring (22.6 ppg), rebounding (4.3 rpg), assists (5.0 apg), and steals (2.5 spg). Miguel earned a division II scholarship and went on to be a three-year starter for Southern New Hampshire University, scoring over 1,400 career points for the Penmen. He led the program to a combined 86-36 record and three NCAA Division II Tournament appearances over his four-year career. A two-year captain, Miguel scored in double figures 48 times and averaged 15.0 points a game, and became the first player in program history to be named Northeast-10 Conference Defensive Player of the Year. Miguel went on to play five years in the Puerto Rican Professional League for both the Cariduros de Fajardo and Cangrejeros de Santurce.