OSWEGO, N.Y. — It took fewer than 15 seasons and 403 games for Oswego State Head Men’s Hockey Coach Ed Gosek to join an exclusive club. The Lakers’ victory against Cortland this season marked his 300th win as head coach.
“A lot of good memories and teams. I’ve been very fortunate,” Gosek said.
Gosek has been with the Lakers since he was hired as an assistant coach in 1990. After being promoted to head coach in 2003, he has won four SUNYAC Conference Titles, enjoyed seven trips to the NCAA Frozen Four and has the 2007 NCAA National Championship to his credit. But the winningest coach in program history says he might have hung up his skates had it not been for his number one fan — his late wife, Mary Gosek.
“She knew it was a dream of mine. Something I loved and was passionate about,” Gosek said.
Last year, Mary Gosek died after battling ovarian cancer. He says her illness was always on his mind.
He says now that she’s watching from above, he is able concentrate more on his players, and he is more determined than ever to put the Lakers back on top.