|Team||Valor Christian High School|
July 17, 1953 |
Thunder Bay, ON, CAN
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|1984–1989||Michigan State (assistant)|
|2013–2015||Tampa Bay Lightning (assistant)|
|2015-Present||Valor Christian High School|
|Head coaching record|
|Accomplishments and honors|
|1977 NCAA National Champion
1982 WSUAC Regular Season Champion
1983 WSUAC Regular Season Champion
1983 NAIA National Champion
1984 WSUAC Regular Season Champion
1986 NCAA National Champion (assistant)
1993 CCHA Regular Season Champion
1999 WCHA Tournament Champion
2002 WCHA Regular Season Champion
2002 WCHA Tournament Champion
2004 NCAA National Champion
2005 WCHA Regular Season Champion
2005 WCHA Tournament Champion
2005 NCAA National Champion
2008 WCHA Tournament Champion
2010 WCHA Regular Season Champion
|1992 CCHA Coach of the Year
1993 CCHA Coach of the Year
1993 Spencer Penrose Award
1995 WCHA Coach of the Year
2002 WCHA Coach of the Year
2004 Wisconsin Hockey Hall of Fame
2005 WCHA Coach of the Year
2005 Spencer Penrose Award
2010 WCHA Coach of the Year
George Gwozdecky (born July 17, 1953) is a Canadian ice hockey coach. He resigned as an assistant coach with the Tampa Bay Lightning of the National Hockey League (NHL) in June 2015. He has recently accepted a job as the head hockey coach at Valor Christian High School in Highlands Ranch, CO.
He was the head coach for the University of Denver Pioneers hockey team for 19 seasons, from 1994 until 2013. The Pioneers won 2 national championships (2004/2005) under his guidance, and won at least 20 games in each of the last 12 seasons in which he coached them. He joined the Pioneers as head coach in 1994.
He is a member of the prestigious Miami University "Cradle of Coaches", and is the only person to win the NCAA National Championship as a player (with Wisconsin in 1977), assistant coach (at Michigan State in 1986), and head coach with Denver (2004 and 2005).
He is a native of Thunder Bay, Ontario, and is married to his wife, Bonnie. The couple's 23-year-old daughter Adrienne, attended the University of Denver and is a first year law student at the Georgetown University Law Center, in Washington, D.C.
|Wisconsin–River Falls Falcons (NCHA/WSUAC) (1981–1984)|
|1982-83||Wisconsin–River Falls||24-6-1||2nd/1st||NAIA National Champion|
|Miami RedHawks (CCHA) (1989–1994)|
|1991-92||Miami||18-16-6||12-14-6||5th||CCHA Consolation Game (Loss)|
|1992-93||Miami||27-9-5||22-3-5||1st||NCAA West Regional Quarterfinals|
|1993-94||Miami||21-16-1||17-12-1||5th||CCHA Second Round|
|Denver Pioneers (WCHA) (1994–2013)|
|1994-95||Denver||25-15-2||18-12-2||t-2nd||NCAA East Regional Semifinals|
|1996-97||Denver||24-13-4||17-11-4||t-4th||NCAA East Regional Semifinals|
|1997-98||Denver||11-25-2||8-18-2||8th||WCHA First Round|
|1998-99||Denver||26-13-2||15-11-2||3rd||NCAA East Regional Quarterfinals|
|1999-00||Denver||16-23-2||9-18-1||9th||WCHA First Round|
|2000-01||Denver||19-15-4||14-11-3||6th||WCHA First Round|
|2001-02||Denver||32-8-1||26-6-1||1st||NCAA West Regional Semifinals|
|2002-03||Denver||21-14-6||11-11-6||7th||WCHA First Round|
|2003-04||Denver||27-12-5||13-10-5||t-4th||NCAA National Champion|
|2004-05||Denver||32-9-2||19-7-2||t-1st||NCAA National Champion|
|2005-06||Denver||21-15-3||17-8-3||t-2nd||WCHA First Round|
|2006-07||Denver||21-15-4||13-11-4||4th||WCHA First Round|
|2007-08||Denver||26-14-1||16-11-1||3rd||NCAA Midwest Regional Semifinals|
|2008-09||Denver||23-12-5||16-8-4||2nd||NCAA West Regional Semifinals|
|2009-10||Denver||27-10-4||19-5-4||1st||NCAA East Regional Semifinals|
|2010-11||Denver||25-12-5||17-8-3||2nd||NCAA Midwest Regional Final|
|2011-12||Denver||25-14-4||16-8-4||6th||NCAA Midwest Regional Semifinals|
|2012-13||Denver||20-14-5||13-9-5||t-4th||NCAA Northeast Regional Semifinals|
National champion Postseason invitational champion
- "Men's Ice Hockey Coaches Career" (Search for Gwozdecky under Player/Coach Search). National Collegiate Athletic Association. Retrieved 2010-07-09.
- "George Gwozdecky named head hockey coach at Valor Christian High School". Denver Post. 2015-08-07. Retrieved 2015-08-07.
- "Bio: George Gwozdecky". University of Denver. Archived from the original on 2011-05-20. Retrieved 2010-07-09.
- "George Gwozdecky To Join Miami's Cradle of Coaches Association". CBS College Sports Network. 2006-10-02. Retrieved 2010-07-09.
- Hunt, Michael (1993-03-26). "Gwozdecky influenced by 'Badger Bob'". The Milwaukee Sentinel. Retrieved 2010-07-09.
- "2011-12 Miami RedHawks Hockey Record Book" (PDF). Miami RedHawks. Retrieved 2014-07-17.
- "2013-14 Denver Hockey Media Guide" (PDF). Denver Pioneers. Retrieved 2014-07-17.
- Biographical information and career statistics from Eliteprospects.com, or The Internet Hockey Database
|Awards and achievements|
|CCHA Coach of the Year
|Spencer Penrose Award
|WCHA Coach of the Year
Don Lucia/Bob Motzko