He’s not going anywhere.
After the most successful season in school history, Rutgers Wrestling officials and the athletic department have signed head coach Scott Goodale to a contract extension through the 2023-24 season.
Goodale is the winningest coach in program history with 173 career victories and in the 2018-19 season, he led the Scarlet Knights to their first Top 10 finish at the NCAA Tournament. Oh yeah, he coached some guys named Nick Suriano and Anthony Ashnault to the programs first individual National Titles as well.
“Scott has been relentless since his arrival ‘On the Banks’ in pursuing excellence for our wrestling program,” Director of Athletics Pat Hobbs said. “Last year was a special year on our path to national prominence and this extension ensures that we will have Scott’s leadership here long into the future.”
This contract extension comes at the right time for Goodale. After the best season in program history, the wrestling team welcomes their new facilities at the RWJ Barnabas Health Athletic Performance Center with a brand new wrestling room, locker room, offices and more.
“It’s a privilege to be the head wrestling coach at Rutgers and there’s no place I’d rather be,” Goodale said. “My family and I have dedicated the last twelve years of our lives to this University and community. We always believed that you could win at Rutgers and I’ve been blessed to have assistant coaches and staff who could see the vision before it was reality. Wrestling is a sport that teaches you so many lessons, it rewards effort and resilience. I’m lucky to have coached some of the toughest, hard nose kids who always accepted the challenge to wear the Block R. Their accomplishments give the next group of wrestlers a standard to live up to and we will never let the bar drop!
“I’d like to thank Pat Hobbs and his staff for believing in this program and giving us all the resources we need to reach our goals. There is so much excitement surrounding not only our wrestling program, but our entire athletic department, and I look forward to coaching at the RAC in front of the best fans in the country for years to come.”
Plus, with the news of Nick Suriano’s redshirt to train for the Olympics, Goodale will have a whole new crop of young talent to develop for the 2019-20 season and await Suriano’s return in the Spring of 2020 or during the next season in 2020-21.
Among the new recruits inside the Scarlet Knight Wrestling room include, NJ State Champions Sammy Alvarez, JoJo Aragona, and Ronbert Kanniard. The other prospects include Gerard Angelo, Devon Britton, Jackson Turley, and Ryan Vulakh.
We took a look at the upcoming schedule for Rutgers Wrestling and we will have more to come in terms of a lineup preview and season predictions! It’s an exciting time to hop on the board the train of Rutgers Wrestling.