MANCHESTER, N.H. – Head Coach Larry Rocha of the Saint Anselm College men's ice hockey team has announced the hiring of Alex Gacek as the program's Assistant Coach. Gacek began his tenure on the Hilltop on Wednesday, July 18.
"I am very excited to join Coach Rocha's staff," remarked Gacek. "Being from the area, Saint Anselm has always had a prestigious program and I am honored to help maintain that reputation. Coach Rocha's passion for the game and the institution is second to none and I am thrilled to work with him."
Gacek recently retired from a professional playing career that spanned the last two seasons. Most recently, Gacek played in 44 games across two seasons with the Atlanta Gladiators of the ECHL, scoring 12 goals and 16 assists for 28 points (12-16=28). A top-five rookie goal scorer in the league, Gacek was also an invitee to the 2017 Boston Bruins Rookie Camp.
"Finding a highly-qualified assistant coach was a top priority of mine when I became the head coach," said Rocha, a 1979 graduate of Saint Anselm. "When I read over his resume, I was impressed and when I met him in person, I knew he would be a great fit with our student-athletes, our program and the institution.
"I am looking forward to working with Alex to help continue the development of our student-athletes and carrying on the tradition of the men's ice hockey program," concluded Rocha.
A four-year member of the men's ice hockey team at Miami University (Ohio), Gacek played in 149 career games while scoring 16 goals and 30 assists for 46 points (16-30=46) from 2012-16. He won the team's Unsung Hero award twice, the only student-athlete in team history to do so, and made two appearances in the NCAA Division I Tournament.
A 2016 graduate with a degree in sport leadership and management, Gacek was a four-time Academic All-Conference pick and earned Dean's List recognition as a student-athlete. He also served as a coach at the Miami (Ohio) Hockey School, running practices while instructing students of varying skill sets.