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ED GOSEK  |  MEN'S HEAD COACH

Ed Gosek, a former Laker hockey player and a 1983 graduate, has been the head coach of the Oswego State Lakers since 2003, sporting a career record of 253-68-22 in 12 seasons.

During the 2014-15 campaign, the Lakers made it to the NCAA Championship for the sixth-straight season, finishing with a 19-5-4 mark after bowing out in the quarterfinals round. Gosek again helped Oswego gain a spot in the SUNYAC Championship title game, its third trip to the final in a row, ending the regular season with a 12-2-2 mark against conference foes. His tutelage also aided Shawn Hulshof and Bobby Gertsakis to AHCA All-America accolades, with Hulshof also being named the SUNYAC's Player of the Year. Along with Hulshof, four other Lakers earned All-Conference honors.

In the 2013-14 season, Gosek directed Oswego State to an overall record of 22-7-2. Despite losing 14 seniors from the previous national runner-up squad, Gosek’s recruitment of 19 freshman and five transfers along with the core of returners kept the pace of the winning tradition. Oswego captured its second-straight SUNYAC Championship and made its fifth-consecutive appearance in the Frozen Four of the NCAA Division III Men’s Ice Hockey Championship.

During his tenure, Gosek has had 40 players receive 52 All-SUNYAC honors and 15 players named as All-Americans.

In 2012-13, Paul Rodrigues was named the 2013 American Hockey Coaches Association (AHCA) Sid Watson Memorial Award winner, which is symbolic of the nation's best Division III men's hockey player. He was the first player in SUNYAC history to win the award.

A two-time SUNYAC Coach of the Year, Gosek has led Oswego State to the top of the SUNYAC standings in eight of the last 11 regular seasons. Gosek reached the 200-win plateau in his 270th game behind the bench as a head coach during the regular season in 2012-13.

Gosek holds the distinction as being the only coach in Oswego State history to guide a team to an NCAA Division III championship, capturing the men's ice hockey title in 2007 with a 23-3-3 overall record. That same season, Gosek was also honored with the Edward Jeremiah Award by the American Hockey Coaches Association (AHCA) as the Men's Division III Ice Hockey Coach of the Year.

Gosek joined the coaching staff in 1990 and worked under both Don Unger and George Roll, before becoming the fifth head coach in program history. During his time with the program, each team Gosek has qualified for post-season play, eight of which advanced to the NCAA Tournament.

Known as a strong recruiter, Gosek looks to continue to bring in quality student-athletes while maintaining the rich hockey tradition at Oswego State. His teams have been active in the community and have participated in campus leadership activities as the Lakers moved into the Campus Center in 2006. His commitment and dedication to the program have been instrumental in the Lakers consistently being considered among the elite teams in the nation. Prior to his appointment as head coach in 2003, Gosek focused on developing the team's defense along with special teams.

Gosek has been involved with the Oswego Minor Hockey Association for many years and won four New York State titles in his time as a head coach at that level. His efforts resulted in him being given the NYSAHA Peter Rush Award in 2008 for displaying a selfless long-term dedication and commitment to the growth of youth hockey. Gosek was also the recipient of the Walter Yaciuk Award in 2009, presented annually by USA Hockey's Coaching Education Program to the individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the program during many years of volunteer service. He is also an active participant in USA Hockey's select summer festivals and has coached at those events in St. Cloud, Minn. and Rochester, N.Y.

Gosek earned his undergraduate degree in 1983 and his master's degree in Science and Education in 2001, both from Oswego State. He and his wife, Mary, make their home in Oswego with their children, Jeremy and Sarah.

 

MARK DIGBY  |  MEN'S ASSISTANT COACH

Mark Digby has completed his sixth season with the Oswego State Men’s Ice Hockey team. Digby joined the program in July 2010 as assistant coach, taking over penalty killing and defense responsibilities. He has helped guide the Lakers to an impressive 127-37-10 record in those six years.

Through his six seasons, the Lakers have made five NCAA tournament appearances, falling once in the quarterfinal, twice in the Frozen Four Semi-Final, and twice in the NCAA Championship game. Overall, the Lakers have accumulated 8 NCAA tournament game wins during that span. The Lakers have also won SUNYAC Championships in 2013 and 2014.

In addition to team accomplishments, Digby has coached eight All-American selections at Oswego, 26 All-SUNYAC selections, and one Sid Watson Award winner (Paul Rodrigues), which is symbolic of the nation’s best Division III men’s hockey player.

Prior to joining the Lakers, Digby spent four seasons as the assistant coach at The College at Brockport. While in Brockport, he helped guide the Golden Eagles to their program’s first home playoff game and first ever home playoff win, both in 2008.  Those same accomplishments were achieved the following year, when they finished 4th in the SUNYAC and defeated SUNY Potsdam at home for the second consecutive season. Digby is also responsible for recruiting and coaching the first ever All-American to The College at Brockport (James Cody).

Digby receieved his Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education in 2005 and earned his Master of Science degree in Recreation Management in 2009. He and his wife, Jessica, live in Oswego with their daughter Grace.

 

MIKE GRAY  |  MEN'S VOLUNTEER ASSISTANT COACH

Mike Gray has completed his eighth season with the Oswego State men’s ice hockey program as the team’s video coordinator.  

Gray’s responsibilities include in-game video breakdowns, advanced statistical video analysis metrics and analytics, corsi analytical breakdown , pre-game motivational videos, and creation of all scoreboard videos.

Coach Grays dedication to this veteran staff has helped contribute to the success of the laker program.
Prior to working with the Lakers, Gray spent 20 years as an Oswego Minor Hockey Coach and six years as an assistant coach for the Oswego High School Boys’ Hockey program.

Gray works full time as a Radiation Protection Supervisor at Nine Mile Point Nuclear Station. He resides in Oswego.

Recreation Management in 2009. He and his wife, Jessica, live in Oswego with their daughter Grace.

 

JON WHITELAW  |  FESTA GRADUATE ASSISTANT COACH

The Oswego State Athletic Department hired Jon Whitelaw as the new men’s ice hockey graduate assistant coach in the summer of 2016. Whitelaw joins the Lakers after spending a year at Cortland as a graduate assistant coach.

Prior to Cortland, Whitelaw spent a year helping out the Huntsville Otters, his former junior hockey team, in his hometown of Huntsville, Ont. During the 2013-2014 season, he spent a year playing professional hockey in France with the Morzine-Avoriaz Penguins.

Whitelaw graduated from Oswego in 2013 and played four seasons with the men’s ice hockey team. Throughout his undergraduate tenure, he played in four NCAA Division III Frozen Fours, two national title games and helped win two SUNYAC Championship titles in 2010 and 2013.

As a freshman, in the 2009-2010 season, he was named Conference Rookie of the Year. Two years later he was named assistant captain and was the recipient of a multitude of awards. He was named East Region Second Team All-American by the American Hockey Coaches Association, first-team All-SUNYAC and was the 2012 SUNY Chancellor’s Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

During his senior year he was named captain of the Lakers. Whitelaw was once again honored several times. He was named the 2013 Oswego State Academic Male Student-Athlete of the Year and earned the 2013 SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence.

In his four years and 110 games played, Whitelaw scored 53 goals and recorded 86 assists for 139 points, which is tied for 28th on the all-time points list.

 

DIANE DILLON  |  WOMEN'S HEAD COACH

Diane Dillon has been the head coach of the Oswego State Laker women's ice hockey program since 2006. Last season, Dillon helmed a team that posted a 12-11-4 record and won its first game of the ECAC West Tournament.

In the 2014-15 campaign, Dillon guided Oswego State to its best overall record in program history, 19-7-1 and its best ECAC West finish of 12-5-1. The Lakers made their fourth-straight appearance in the postseason and finished as ECAC West semifinalists. She also coached Bridget Smith, who was the program's first ever All-Amerca honors. Over her tenure, Dillon has coached 10 players to 12 different All-Conference accolades.

In 2012-13, Dillon directed the team to their first-ever post-season win in a 3-0 ECAC West quarterfinal contest against Neumann.

Her first season behind the bench at Oswego State, Dillon went on to garner ECAC Women's West Coach of the Year honors.

A native of Tonawanda, N.Y., completed five seasons as assistant coach for women's ice hockey at Cornell University prior to becoming the head coach at Oswego State. In addition to game and practice responsibilities, Dillon was the primary recruiting coordinator for the Big Red and monitored academic progress of the student-athletes. She was also involved with developing the program's relationship with alumni and the community.

A 1983 graduate of Cornell, Dillon is one of the most prominent players in the program's history. She currently stands eighth in Big Red history in goals (65), tied for fifth in assists (79) and sixth in total points (144). She was a team MVP in her freshman year and served as a team captain for three years, helping the Big Red to Ivy League championships in 1979 and 1980.

"Oswego State provides a tremendous academic and athletic opportunity for any student-athlete interested in continuing her ice hockey career.  We offer an affordable, quality education with the chance to compete at a school with a tremendous ice hockey tradition in a world-class facility."

 

GREG HANEY  |  WOMEN'S ASSISTANT COACH

The Oswego State women’s ice hockey team hired Greg Haney as its full-time assistant coach as in July of 2015. Haney joined the Lakers after spending a year at University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point when the Pointers made a run to the national championship game before falling to Trinity College.

While at Stevens Point, Haney helped to student-athletes to All-America selections and five to All-Conference accolades, including WIAC (Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference) Player of the Year. Prior to assisting the Pointers, Haney spent two season at Western New England University as an assistant coach and the recruiting coordinator. Haney, a native of Marcellus, N.Y., developed a strength and conditioning program for the Golden Bears while also heading the recruiting and scouting efforts.

Other coaching experience includes a year as an assistant at the National Sports Academy at Lake Placid and a year as a student assistant at his alma mater, Cortland.

In his playing days as a Red Dragon, Haney appeared in 42 games, collecting 22 points on six goals and 16 assists before suffering a career-ending injury before his senior year. This opened the door to the coaching realm as he began his journey behind the bench as a student assistant, aiding with video breakdown and on-campus recruiting.

The forward spent a year at Onondaga Community College before heading to Cortland, with the Lazers posting a perfect 15-0 mark on their way to the 2007 NJCAA National Championship.

During his high school years, Haney played for Solvay where he was a two-time First Team All-New York State selection, including New York State Player of the Year in 2005.

Haney holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications and is currently pursuing a Master of Arts degree in education. He currently resides in Marcellus.