Team Staff Profile - Andy Gojdycz
(M1) Rutgers University
A native of Old Bridge, NJ, Coach Gojdycz comes from a line of hockey tradition. He attended Christian Brothers Academy (CBA) in Lincroft, NJ where he helped captain the Colts to New Jersey state record of three consecutive State Championships, three consecutive Gordon Cup Championships and three consecutive NJ Star-Ledger trophies. He received the Michael Reynolds’ Coaching Award for “Hockey Excellence and Sacrifice”.
His career at Rutgers was no less impressive. He captained the Ice Knights for four seasons, earning American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) All-American status in 1998, the first season Rutgers competed at the Division 1 Level. The Eastern Collegiate Hockey Association (ECHA) nominated Coach Gojdycz three consecutive years onto the ECHA All-Star Team. He also holds the Matt Couzins Award for All-Time Leading Scorer among Defensemen (167).
After a brief stint in the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) with the 2003 Kelly Cup Champion A.C. Boardwalk Bullies, Coach G hung up his blades to coach on a full-time basis. He is entering his 18th season coaching a variety of hockey teams. Previously, he has coached Christian Brothers Academy during the summer-select seasons, served at the American Hockey Camps as part of the instructors’ team, and has coached with the ProSkate Stars organization at the Midget Level. In 2002, he coached the ProSkate Stars Midget Team to their first-ever post-season. In addition, he has coached Hightstown High School to a Mercer County Tournament Championship in 2002, and has revisited the MCT and Trentonian Cup Finals in 2003. During the 2003 season, Coach G was the President of the Colonial Valley Conference Coaches’ Association while serving as the Head Coach for the Hightstown High School Varsity program. With much success seen at Hightstown, in 2004, Coach G chose to move to Hunterdon Central Regional High School to assume the head coach position only for its inaugural season, in which the team went 10-2-1.
After returning from Chicago, IL in 2006, he was recognized as the Rutgers University Club Sports “Coach of the Year” following his team’s efforts in 2006-2007. In 2007-08 Coach G was selected as the NECHL “Coach of the Year” after guiding the men’s team to a 20-8-2 record, its best in ten years at the Banks. In addition, the American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) recognized him as a Division 1 “Coach of the Year” Finalist for his efforts. In 2008-09, Coach G was selected as the Courier-Post and Central Jersey Star-Ledger Newspaper High School Hockey “Coach of the Year”, following Hunterdon Central’s Kelly Cup Championship and 19-5-1 record, his first year back to the program after its inaugural year in 2004-05.
In 2008 & 2010, Coach G was also recognized by the ACHA and USA Hockey as being selected as part of the World University Games player selection committee for the tournaments held in Harbin, China & Erzurum, Turkey. Finally, Coach G is also the head coach for the U18AAA & Junior Protec Selects Team, an organization firm on player training & development.
Off the ice, Coach G participates as an instructor and direct liaison for Rutgers University to the Atlantic District of USA Hockey (CEP) Coaches’ Education Program. This past May 2012, after being involved in the program for 10 years, Coach G was named an Associate Coach in Chief for the Atlantic District. He is certified as a Strength & Conditioning Coach (CSCS) and is also a Masters Level Coach (Level 5) for USA Hockey. He also owns and operates Achieve Performance Training Systems, a training camp held throughout New Jersey. At the present, Coach G, his wife (Erin) and his daughter (Addison Taylor) reside in central New Jersey and is the Director of Hockey Operations for ProtecHockey Ponds Ice Center in Somerset, NJ. In addition, he is the Commissioner to the Northeast Collegiate Hockey League (NECHL) at the ACHA D-1 level.