|Year:||Hall of Fame Class of 2017|
|Team:||Former USCAA President & Athletic Director at Central Maine CC|
A long-time contributor to the USCAA, Coach Gonyea finished his 24th season as head coach with an impressive 481-219 record over the last twenty-four seasons. Gonyea was named 1996-97 New England Coach of the Year, 1998-99 and 2000-01 NSCAA Athletic Director of the Year, 2002 USCAA Athletic Director of the Year, and 1998-99, 1999-00, 2000-01, 2001-02, & 2002-03 MSCC Coach of the Year, as well as the 2007-08, 2013-14, 2015-16, Yankee Conference Coach of the Year.
Under Gonyea’ s leadership, the Mustangs won nine league championships, three New England championships, and participated in 12 NSCAA/USCAA national championship tournaments. Central Maine captured the gold in 2002, winning the prestigious USCAA national championship.
In 2012, he led his mustangs to an undefeated Yankee Conference record (18-0), a Yankee Conference Championship, and a trip to the USCAA National Tournament held in Uniontown, Pennsylvania. He also achieved the rare distinction of earning his 400th win two years ago. His squad finished the season 31-3. He was fortunate enough to coach 16 All-Americans and numerous all conference players.
Gonyea was instrumental in arranging an action plan committee, which ultimately led to the hiring of the USCAA’s first employee. His commitment and passion helped take the USCAA from just from a few dozen colleges to nearly 90 colleges and universities across the nation.
Citizenship, respect, pride and family are the core values that drive Co ach Gonyea and program expectations encompass these fundamental principles. Coach Gonyea resides on the college campus and also holds the title of Director of Housing, Athletics, and Security.