Princeton Hires Ron Fogarty as Head Coach
'We Will Win'
by Jashvina Shah/Staff Writer
Princeton named Ron Fogarty the team's new head coach Tuesday.
Fogarty, a 1995 Colgate graduate, has been the head coach at Division III Adrian (Mich.) since 2007.
"We will win," will be Fogarty's message to Princeton players, he said.
The Tigers are coming off a 6-26-0 season, the third under Bob Prier, who was let go last month. Princeton made trips to the NCAAs in 2008 and 2009 under Guy Gadowsky.
"You can win anywhere and everywhere, you just have to treat people the right way and get the most out of them," Fogarty said.
Fogarty left his post as an assistant at Bowling Green to start the Adrian program in 2007. He has also been an assistant at Colgate (1996-99) and Clarkson (1999-2002).
In seven seasons at Adrian bench, Fogarty compiled a 167-23-10 record, including six regular-season championships, five MCHA tournament championships and four appearances in the NCAA tournament. Adrian was NCAA runner up in 2010-11. The 26 wins in the inaugural season set a record for a first-year program.
"I'm going to have to prepare smarter, harder, longer because it's a great fraternity of coaches in the ECAC," Fogarty said.
He will take over a Princeton team that finished last in the ECAC.
“Ownership of the players," Fogarty said. "They’ll decide the goals for the year. And incorporating a lot of people around us that care for the program and you can succeed, it’s tough to let people down that care and you care for. You have to play for someone else besides yourself.
Fogarty said he has not decided if he will retain Princeton's coaching staff, which still includes Scott Garrow and Greg Gardner, but said he will keep at least one of the two coaches.
"I definitely want to retain one or two because I believe it's healthy, the continuity," Fogarty said. "But as well, both are very intelligent where they can adapt to a new coach coming in with different philosophies and different systems."
Fogarty played four seasons at center for the Raiders from 1991-95. He scored 51 goals and 140 points in the NCAA before embarking on a brief minor-league career. He returned to Colgate to start his coaching career in 1996, where he stayed for three seasons.
"Ron has worked very hard to get to this level in his coaching career,” Colgate coach Don Vaughan said. “I can't think of anyone more deserving of this opportunity. He has great positive energy, is very hard working and possesses a creative hockey mind. He is innovative in his approach to the game and perhaps most importantly his experience as both a player and assistant coach in ECAC Hockey will serve him well. In short, he knows exactly the kind of student athlete who will succeed at Princeton both on the ice and in the classroom. I am very happy for Ron, his wife Monica and their family and welcome them back to ECAC Hockey."