For the first time in program history, Penn State men’s hockey will be on the hunt for a new member of its coaching staff as longtime assistant Matt Lindsay is set to leave the program, a source confirmed.
The athletic department posted the job listing on Tuesday afternoon.
“I am extremely appreciative to have spent the last 14 seasons on [head coach] Guy Gadowsky’s coaching staff and could not be prouder of what we accomplished these past nine years here at Penn State,” Lindsay said in a statement.
“I want to thank Guy and Keith Fisher, as well as all the administration and staff for their teamwork, effort, and commitment over the years. I have made memories and friendships that will last a lifetime. However, I have come to the very difficult decision both personally and professionally to move on from Penn State to pursue new opportunities in the hockey world and I am excited for this next chapter in my career.”
Lindsay and Fisher joined Gadowsky at the outset of their collective tenure in State College, both making the transition from Princeton when Gadowsky was hired. Fisher for his part was named Penn State’s associate head coach in 2018 and has had his name attached to various coaching searches over the years.
“I want to thank Matt for his time, commitment, effort and expertise in caring for our student-athletes and our program over the past nine seasons in Hockey Valley and the last 14 as a member of our coaching staff,” Gadowsky said in a statement to StateCollege.com
“Matt has been a huge part of all the successes we have had on and off the ice. On behalf of everyone involved with the hockey program here at Penn State we wish the absolute best to Matt, his wife CC and their daughter Josephine and are excited to watch his continued growth as a hockey coach during this next step in his career.”
It’s unclear at this point what direction Gadowsky will go with the pending hire.
The Nittany Lions struggled to find their form in the early stages of a COVID-19 impacted 2020 but otherwise had seen success across the board in the years prior, winning the Big Ten regular season title during the 2019-20 season. A bumpy 2020 not withstanding, the Nittany Lions have had one of the nation’s top offenses over the past several seasons.
Whatever the case might be, it will be a new experience for Gadowsky, who has enjoyed a near unprecedented run of staff continuity for much of his head coaching career.
“I want what’s best for them,” Gadowsky said earlier this year about the prospect of an assistant coaching search this offseason. “And that’s number one, and if it comes to that we will be hiring someone – which is a very new experience for us. We’ve been together a long long time. I’ll probably reach out to some other coaches who had to do it more than me and try to try to pick their brains.”