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2017 FIRST SHOT SHOWCASE COACHES

ED GOSEK  |  HEAD COACH AT OSWEGO STATE

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 267-79-24 in 13 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 41 players receive 53 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  |  ASSISTANT COACH AT OSWEGO STATE

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.

 

JON WHITELAW  |  ASSISTANT COACH AT OSWEGO STATE

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.

 

BRIAN DICKINSON  |  HEAD COACH AT THE COLLEGE OF BROCKPORT

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STEVE MALLARO  |  HEAD COACH AT KINGS COLLEGE

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CHRIS AZZANO  |  ASSISTANT COACH AT LINCOLN STARS (USHL)

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AARON SAUL  |  HEAD COACH AT ELMIRA COLLEGE

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OKTAY ARMAGAN  |  NAHL CENTRAL SCOUTING

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DAVE INSALACO  |  ASSISTANT COACH AT RIT

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MIKE ZANELLA  |  HEAD COACH AT ELMIRA COLLEGE

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JASON CLARKE  |  HEAD COACH AT CARLETON PLACE CANADIANS

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CHRIS SCHULTZ  |  HEAD COACH AT SUNY GENESEO

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STEVE MOFFAT  |  ASSISTANT COACH AT SUNY PLATTSBURGH

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TJ MANASTERSKY  |  HEAD COACH AT CURRY COLLEGE

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