FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 8, 2014
Courtesy of Southern Connecticut Athletics Communications
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Tom
Godek '88, a former Owls' captain and the
team's offensive coordinator for the last 13 seasons, has been
officially named as the sixth head football coach in the history of
the Southern Connecticut State University program.
"Tom has been an integral member of our coaching staff for the past 13 years and we look forward to him assuming the role as our next head coach," said Director of Athletics Patricia Nicol. "Through his previous experiences as a student-athlete and assistant coach here at SCSU, Tom has played a pivotal role in some of the most successful campaigns and moments in our decorated history. We look forward to having Tom lead our program into a new era of Owls' football."
In total, Godek brings 20 years of coaching experience to the position following a decorated playing career that culminated in a free agent signing with the New York Jets.
The 2010 Division II/III Assistant Coach of the Year by the Gridiron Club of Greater Boston, Godek took the Owls' offensive attack to new heights during his tenure as offensive coordinator. A total of 68 players on the offensive side of the ball have been recognized with All-Northeast-10 honors since Godek joined the staff in 2001.
In addition, the Owls have shattered numerous offensive marks along the way. Since his arrival, the club accumulated new season highs for total yards, rushing yards, passing yards, touchdowns scored and points scored, along with a new program record for total offense in one game.
As a student-athlete, Godek suited up for the Owls from 1984-87 and was a two-time All-New England selection. As a senior, he served as team captain and also took home All-ECAC honors.
Prior to joining the staff at his alma mater, Godek coached for seven seasons (1994-2000) at American International College as offensive line coach and assistant to the head coach.
While with the Yellow Jackets, Godek helped the club win four division titles en route to four consecutive Northeast-10 Conference Championship appearances. AIC claimed the conference title on two occasions.
He also coached two NE-10 Offensive Linemen of the Year, along with 1999 Harlon Hill Trophy runner-up Kavin Gaillaird.
Godek holds a bachelor's degree in history from SCSU and later earned a master's degree in education at AIC.
He replaces Rich Cavanaugh, who retired at the conclusion of the 2013 season. The succession of Owls' coaches includes: Jess Dow (1948-65; 108-40-6), Harry Shay (196-75; 47-44), George DeLeone (1976-79; 15-24), Kevin Gilbride (1980-84; 35-14-2) and Cavanaugh (1985-2013; 170-131-1)