Nichols School Hires RJ Gicewicz ‘14 as Head Coach of Nichols School Boys 18U Prep Hockey Program
Coach Gicewicz graduated from Nichols in 2014. During this time he played for the Nichols prep team and committed to St. Lawrence University in his sophomore year. He began his coaching career at St. Lawrence, becoming a student assistant coach, moving on to positions at SUNY Fredonia and eventually becoming the Assistant Coach and Director of Scouting for the Fargo Force in USHL.
Greg Carvel, the Head Coach University of Massachusetts, had this to say of Coach Gicewicz’s move: “I have had the pleasure of recruiting, coaching, and now mentoring RJ over the past decade, and he is one of the highest character people I have had the pleasure of working with. He exudes positive energy and quickly earns people’s trust. He's a born leader and is rapidly proving his capabilities as a hockey coach. He has a very bright future behind the bench and it has been awesome to see his early success."
Jeff Meredith, the Head Coach of SUNY Fredonia stated: "I was fortunate to have the opportunity to work with RJ the year after he graduated from St. Lawrence. I remember not only being impressed by his hockey IQ and the way he viewed the game but more so by what an incredible communicator he was. RJ has this easy, laid-back way of talking to student-athletes, helping them build confidence and then empowering them to achieve their goals. I couldn't be happier for him as I know how much he loves Nichols and wish him all the best."
When asked about his vision for the Nichols Hockey Program, Coach Gicewicz had this to say, “I am honored and excited about this extraordinary opportunity. As an alum of the school, it is my passion to grow this already historic program and make it even better. Our players have been and will continue to be held to high standards of our core values across all levels which will produce better young men and hockey players. This is more than a hockey team, this is a holistic hockey program starting with our 14U families, and we expect each individual to buy into the entire process of academics, athletics, and the greater Nichols community.”