PISCATAWAY, N.J. – Rutgers Director of Athletics Bob Mulcahy announced the hiring of three-time New Jersey "Coach of the Year" Scott Goodale as head coach of the Scarlet Knights' wrestling program today.
"I look forward to working for the State University," Goodale said. "I have such a passion for New Jersey wrestling and it's going to be a challenge. I'm up for the challenge and we're going to try and take this team to the next level."
Goodale will follow in the footsteps of Rutgers winningest coach in wrestling history, John Sacchi. Sacchi retired in May following 17 seasons at the head of the Scarlet Knight program, and 40 years as a wrestling coach. Sacchi compiled a 167-102-5 record at Rutgers.
"We certainly want to move the program forward," Goodale said. "We want to place very high in the Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association (EIWA) and send wrestlers to the NCAA Championships. The ultimate goal is to win a national title. I'd be making a mistake if I was getting into this without having the goal of being a national championship team. It was my goal at Jackson to be the number one team in New Jersey and it took a while, but we did it. Now that I'm at Rutgers, my goal is to win a national title."
The Jackson, N.J. native will take over the Rutgers program following an impressive seven-year stint as head coach at his alma mater, Jackson Memorial High School. Over seven seasons, Goodale compiled an overall record of 155-16, leading his squad to the top ranking in the state in 2006 and 2007.
"I'm really excited to have Scott join the Rutgers athletics family. We are very impressed with Scott's enthusiasm and dedication to the sport of wrestling, and his desire to ensure the young men in our program will succeed academically and athletically," Mulcahy said. "He is a proven winner as a coach, and is a 'Jersey' guy who is very familiar with the youth and high school programs throughout the state. Scott is the ideal person to lead our wrestling program at this time."
Goodale was named the New Jersey State Coach of the Year three times, while also earning District 21 and Region VI Coach of the Year accolades three times during his time with the Jaguars. Goodale has coached four New Jersey State Champions and five New Jersey State runner-ups along with 16 additional state placewinners. In total, he has coached a total of 41 District 21 Champions and 10 Region VI Champions.
Goodale led his teams to two Group IV State Championships, as well as four Central Jersey Group IV Sectional titles. Each season Goodale spent with Jackson Memorial, the Jaguars were crowned District 21 Team Champions, as well as winning four Class A-South Shore Conference titles.
During the 2005-06 season, the Jaguars finished ranked No. 10 in the country. The following year, Goodale and the Jaguars bettered that performance, finishing the year ranked seventh nationally. In every year Goodale was at Jackson Memorial, he led his team to a top 10 finish in the New Jersey wrestling polls.
Prior to being named head coach at Jackson Memorial, Goodale served as a top assistant for the wrestling program, while also working as the offensive coordinator for the football team. During his time with the Jaguars football squad, he was a part of three state championship teams.
On a national level, he has spent the last 11 years as the Junior and Cadet State Team Coach for national wrestling tournaments held in Fargo, N.D. Following the 2005-06 season, he served as the head coach for Team New Jersey at the Junior National Duals.
Goodale wrestled for Lock Haven University in Pennsylvania, earning his bachelor's degree in Health and Physical education in 1995. He then went to New Jersey City University where he earned a certification in Special Education in 1997.
As a collegiate wrestler, Goodale made three trips to the NCAA Championships, as well as placing second at the Eastern Wrestling League (EWL) tournament twice in his career. During his time with the Bald Eagles, the team was ranked as high as ninth in the country. Goodale finished with 99 wins at Lock Haven.
Goodale, and his wife Lisa, are the parents of Shelby and Zachary, and reside in Toms River.