It’s true — you can always go home.
With three NJSIAA titles and three Gordon Cups as a player for Christian Brothers Academy from 1994-’96, Andy Gojdycz will return to the Colts behind the bench as head coach of the ice hockey program in 2019-20.
“It is an honor and privilege to continue the tradition of CBA hockey set forth by great coaches, friends and alumni,” Gojdycz, a native of Old Bridge, N.J., said. “That tradition continues in our journey to capture another championship next season.”
Gojdycz brings a wealth of knowledge and a highly-decorated hockey career to Lincroft.
In addition to helping guide the Colts to three consecutive Gordon Cups, the oldest and most prestigious ice hockey tournament in the Garden State, Gojdycz helped captain CBA to state titles the same season — a difficult feat which has only been replicated 15 times in 44 years.
Following the historic high school run, Gojdycz continued his career in-state where he joined Rutgers as the Ice Knights’ captain for four seasons earning American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) All-American honors in 1998. With 167 points from 1996-2001, Gojdycz remains the program’s all-time leading scorer among defensemen.
In 2002, he stepped behind the bench, coaching Rutgers for 13 seasons from 2002 to 2015, leading the Ice Knights to a 20-8-2 record in 2007-08 and a nomination as a finalist for the ACHA Division-I Coach of the Year. During his tenure, Rutgers qualified for four ACHA National Tournaments and won five regular season conference titles.
CBA will be Gojdycz’ fourth high school head coaching position after stints with Hightstown (2002-’04), Hunterdon Central (2004-’10) and Montgomery (2015-19) before coming home to coach his alma mater. He also served as the New Jersey Devils’ amateur hockey program director from 2015-’17 and remains executive director of the New Jersey Colonials Girls youth hockey program.
“We are very excited to welcome Andy back home to Lincroft,” Christian Brothers Academy Director of Athletics Vito Chiaravalloti said in a statement Tuesday. “During the search process, Andy stood out as the ideal candidate to build upon the proud traditions of the CBA hockey program. We loved his energy and were inspired by his vision for the program. We know he will have a positive influence on our students and we can’t wait for him to get started.”
Gojdycz’ hiring follows a highly controversial off-season that saw CBA wipe the slate clean with the dismissal of Ryan Bogan and staff in June. Bogan was 219-58-25 over the course of 12 seasons at the helm, winning three NJSIAA titles (’94, ’14 and ’15) and four Gordon Cups (’94, ’10, ’13 and ’16) as player/coach. Gojdycz and Bogan were teammates on the 1994 team that defeated Don Bosco Prep, 6-1, under coach Mike Reynolds in the state final that season.
Following the dismissals, a committee was formed tasked with finding a replacement and as a former CBA student-athlete with a decorated resume, Gojdycz quickly emerged as a leading candidate.
“The decision was not an easy one and took a lot of time to ponder,” Gojdycz said. “I needed to be sure it was the right fit for myself and the program.
“I am honored that Christian Brothers Academy chose me to continue the school’s storied hockey tradition,” Gojdycz said. “As an alumnus, it is a privilege to be named the head coach of CBA Hockey and I am excited to start building towards our eighth state championship.”
Written by John Christian Hageny / @JCCSPORTS
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