Princeton Hires UAF's Gadowsky
two months after firing Len Quesnelle, Princeton filled its vacant
head coaching position on Wednesday, as athletic director Gary Walters
announced the hiring of former Alaska-Fairbanks head coach Guy Gadowsky.
Gadowsky, who played in the WCHA at Colorado College
and has coached the CCHA's Nanooks for five seasons, fills what
had been the nation's lone college coaching vacancy. His hire defies
two popular schools of thought regarding the Princeton position:
that it would go to an up-and-coming assistant coach, rather than
a head coach, and that the ideal candidate would have ties to the
Ivy League, or at least the ECAC.
"We are delighted to appoint Guy as our new men's
hockey coach," says Walters. "Guy is one of the top young coaches
in college hockey today and is committed to building a strong program
here at Princeton. We look forward to a bright future for Princeton
Gadowsky spent five seasons at Alaska Fairbanks,
building a 68-87-22 overall record and a 50-70-20 record in the
CCHA. He inherits a Princeton team that struggled in four years
under Quesnelle since the departure of current Massachusetts head
coach Don Cahoon, including back-to-back last-place finishes in
"Coming to Princeton is a great opportunity," said
Gadowsky, who will be introduced in a campus press conference on
Friday. "I believe so highly in college athletics and college hockey,
and the opportunity to work in these areas at a great academic institution
like Princeton is very exciting."
At Fairbanks, Gadowsky took over a team that had
lost more than 20 games in each of the previous five seasons. After
two rebuilding seasons, Gadowsky led the Nanooks to their first
20-win season in 2001-02 (22-12-3) and a No. 11 national ranking
at the end of the season. He was named the CCHA Coach of the Year
that season, and followed that up with 15 and 16 wins the next two
"I am honored to have the opportunity to build a
successful Division I hockey program at a top academic institution
like Princeton," says Gadowsky. "I will work unceasingly to elevate
the program in the classroom, on the ice, and in the community.
To be able to pursue this goal at a place as storied as Princeton
is very exciting."
Before joining Fairbanks, Gadowsky served as the
Head Coach and Director of Hockey Operations for the Fresno Falcons
of the West Coast Hockey League. He coached three seasons and led
the Falcons to the WCHL playoffs each year. He left Fresno as the
Falcon's winningest coach in franchise history, compiling a 106-80-12
record and a .566 winning percentage. He earned the WCHL's Coach
of the Year award in 1997 after the Falcons posted a 38-20-6 record
in his first season.
Gadowsky also has coaching experience in Roller
Hockey International, serving as the head coach of the Oklahoma
Coyotes in 1996 and the San Jose Rhinos from 1997 to 1999. He was
the RHI Coach of the Year in 1997 after the Rhinos went 15-7 and
won the Western Conference title and a berth in the finals. He also
spent a season as an assistant coach with the Richmond Renegades
of the East Coast Hockey League.
The Edmonton, Alberta, native began coaching following
a seven-year professional playing career. He attended Colorado College
from 1986-1989 and earned a bachelor's degree in economics. On the
ice, he served as the team captain his senior year and won the teams
Rodman Award, given for outstanding leadership and sportsmanship.
The three-time Western Collegiate Hockey Association All-Academic
Team member amassed 46 career points in 134 career games.
Gadowsky began a professional playing career that saw him have stops
with the ECHL's Richmond Renegades, the International Hockey League's
San Diego Gulls, and the American Hockey League's St. John's Maple
Leafs and Prince Edward Island Senators. In 1995 he joined Fresno
and enjoyed the best season of his pro career, scoring 52 goals
and adding 29 assists for 81 points in 51 games. That season he
was a first-team all-star and the won the WCHL's Most Valuable Player
Award. He also served as a player/coach that season before taking
over head coaching responsibilities the following season. He also
played professionally in Sweden, Holland and Austria.