Penn State introduced the first head coach of its new Division I hockey program to a packed Beaver Stadium Media Room Monday. Former Princeton coach Guy Gadowsky, who over the weekend agreed to terms with PSU, can't wait to get started.
Though the Nittany Lions will not field a Division I team until the 2012-13 season and won't be playing in an as-yet-to-be-built new arena until the following year (at the soonest), Gadowsky said he'll have plenty to keep him busy in the interim.
I like the other stuff, he said when asked if it would be difficult to wait so long to actually put a team on the ice. I'm happy the rink is going to be a couple of years away, I really am. I think it (will be) great to be a part of it when it comes. If it's here right when I get here, you don't appreciate it so much. So there's going to be a lot of work, but it's going to be fun work. We're going to have a lot of hard work, but I think it is going to be a blast.
Penn State associate athletic director for hockey Joe Battista headed up the search committee. He explained that the group first narrowed the field to about 15 candidates and later settled on a final three that included Gadowsky, Wisconsin women's coach Mark Johnson and Minnesota-Duluth's Scott Sandelin.
Sandelin, who led the Bulldogs to the 2010-12 national championship, removed his name from consideration late in the process. Nevertheless, while Battista said Johnson or Sandelin would have been strong choices, Gadowsky was Penn State's No. 1.
When you started to split hairs, Guy was the one who rose to the top because he wanted to be here, Battista said.
We think at the end of the day we found ourselves just a terrific coach and we're really excited about the future, PSU athletic director Tim Curley added.
We caught up with Gadowsky for a one-on-one interview following Monday's formal press conference. See what he had to say in the video above.
Tim Curley and Gadowsky at the press conference.