Ariel Gonzalez, or Coach “A”, has been involved with the game of basketball for over 30 years and has coached for 17 years. He is a member of the Fairfax Stars Hall of Fame. A true point guard and coach by nature, he has played basketball on a variety of levels since the age of seven. Ariel learned to play organized basketball first in New York City then later developed his understanding and passion for the game in northern Virginia. He played basketball at the AAU level for several years, as well as middle school and high school then later attended college at James Madison University. Ariel has coached children and teenagers in basketball since 2003 in Alexandria City and in Fairfax County. He coached various levels including recreation, County/Select, AAU and national teams.
Ariel is excited to return to the Fairfax Stars program and looks forward to competing at the highest levels while developing his players in all facets on and off the court. He also serves as the Assistant Commissioner of Boys Basketball. His teams took time off in 2020 due to Covid. In 2019, his Stars Boys 2026 team won national titles, regional titles, several tournaments, and a summer league championship. In 2019, they had a record of 47-19. The Stars Boys 2022 team won countless tournaments, a national title, and a summer league championship. Please check both teams out on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter (Fairfax Stars Boys 2026 and Fairfax Stars Boys 2022).
Ariel looks forward to returning to the court in 2021, keeping a strong balance between a competitive schedule and being safe during these trying times.
Ariel learned his masters and law degree and currently works in the healthcare and political arenas. Ariel currently resides in Burke with his wife, two stepsons, his son AJ, and his two-year-old daughter Ale.