Gaynor returns to Marian as head coach

Compiled by D3hockey.com Staff

FOND DU LAC, Wis. - Marian University has announced the hiring of former assistant coach Zach Gaynor as head men's coach, and also announced the departure of Lincoln Nguyen after just one season to an undisclosed Division I assistant position. The moves were announced on Tuesday. 

"I am pleased to announce that Zach Gaynor will be taking over the leadership of our men's hockey program," Athletic Director Jason Bartelt said in the school's release. "As a Marian hockey alum and coach, he has been around NCAA hockey and the grueling NCHA for nine years.  It is great to get him back home and behind our bench. I look forward to watching him continue the strong tradition of Marian Hockey."

Gaynor was previously an assistant for the Sabres for three seasons from 2009 to 2012, after receiving his bachelor's in Sport and Recreation Management in 2008. That span included two MCHA championship game appearances. The success at Marian working under Jasen Wise led Gaynor to Concordia University Wisconsin, where he has been on the Falcon bench as associate head coach since 2012. His efforts at Concordia culminated with the program's first winning campaign in 2016-17 and a sweep of No. 1 St. Norbert College. 

"I would like to thank Lincoln Nguyen, Jason Bartelt, and President Manion for this opportunity," commented Gaynor.  "I am very excited to be the head coach where my career first started almost a decade ago. It has been a goal of mine to return and be the head coach at my alma mater. Coach Nguyen has played a vital role in this programs success and I look forward to continuing that success moving forward. Marian hockey has a rich history of athletic and academic excellence and I am grateful and humbled to be a part of that once again."

Gaynor played one season of collegiate hockey at the ACHA level for the University of Oregon. He inherits a Marian team that went 15-10-2 this past season. 

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