Scott Goodale at the NCAAs (Photo/Tony Rotundo, WrestlersAreWarriors.com)
ROBBINSVILLE, N.J. -- Rutgers head coach Scott Goodale was inducted into the 2017 NJSIAA (New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association) Gallagher Bollinger, Inc. Hall of Fame Monday afternoon at the organization's annual lunch banquet.
A renowned wrestler at Jackson Memorial High School in Jackson, New Jersey, Goodale returned to his alma mater and coached the squad to a record of 155 wins and only 16 losses during his seven years at the helm of the program. During his time at Jackson Memorial, Goodale's teams finished with the top ranking in the state in both 2006 and 2007.
"It's an honor to be recognized by the NJSIAA along with the rest of the inductees," Goodale said. "I learned valuable lessons both as a student-athlete and a coach during my time at Jackson Memorial, and I'm glad I was able to have such an impact on those around me throughout my time at the high school level."
"The Bollinger Hall of Fame luncheon is one of our signature annual events - and each year I'm amazed by the caliber of the latest inductees," said Steve Timko, the NJSIAA's executive director. "When you look back at the history of scholastic-athletics in New Jersey, the level of accomplishment is consistently amazing."
A member of the South Jersey Wrestling Hall of Fame, 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 tenure with the Jaguars. Goodale 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 improved 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.
Goodale was named the head coach at Rutgers in 2007 and has led the Scarlet Knights to a 153-55-1 record during his first 10 seasons "On the Banks". During his 10 years with the program, RU has produced six All-Americans, three conference champions (Two Big Ten, One EIWA), 58 NCAA Championship bids, 18 Big Ten Conference Championships placewinners and 42 placewinners at the Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association (EIWA) Championships.
Rutgers finished the 2016-17 dual campaign with a 12-5 record, which included an undefeated home slate (6-0) and 6-3 mark in Big Ten Conference action. The six conference wins were the most since Rutgers joined the league in 2014, while RU concluded its dual season ranked within the top-25 for the sixth time during Goodale's tenure.
This season, Rutgers is ranked No. 11 in the latest USA Today/NWCA Coaches Poll and possesses a 3-1 dual record. Six Scarlet Knights are recognized in the latest Intermat individual rankings, while redshirt senior Richie Lewis produced a gold medal at the 2017 U23 World Championships last month in Poland.
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