BEMIDJI, Minn. – Bemidji State University Head Soccer Coach Jim Stone has announced the hiring of Ryszard (Richard) Gorski as assistant coach. The 2005 graduate of Long Island University brings goalkeeping experience as a player and coach from the NCAA Division I, Division II, junior college and professional ranks.
Gorski comes to Bemidji State from the Valparaiso Soccer Club in Phoenix, Ariz., where he has served as the Director of Goalkeeping. He got his first taste of head coaching responsibilities at South Mountain Community College, where he oversaw all aspects of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) program for the 2015 and 2016 seasons.
Gorski spent 2014 at NCAA Division I Hofstra University, as assistant coach/goalkeeper coach of the men's soccer program. He lead goalkeeper training and development, oversaw academic and social enrichment of all their student-athletes, and was the director of the Hofstra College ID Summer Camp. The team went 10-6-3 and qualified for the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Championships, while Gorski’s goalkeepers combined for a 1.01 goals against average and seven shutouts.
Gorski also worked as an assistant coach/goalkeeper coach with the women’s and men’s soccer programs at NCAA Division I Fordham University from 2008-2011. At Fordham he coordinated scouting and recruiting efforts, while leading goalkeeper training. Gorski's efforts led to Fordham goalkeeper, Ryan Meara, being drafted 31st overall in the 2012 MLS Draft by the New York Redbulls. With the women’s program, his work extended to overseeing Fordham’s summer camps and assisting with budget and scholarship analysis as well as maintaining compliance records and monitoring the student-athletes’ academic progress. The 2009 Fordham Women’s Soccer team was recognized by the NCAA for a successful Academic Progress Rate and qualified for the Atlantic-10 Playoffs, in two-of-three seasons.
Gorski started his collegiate coaching career in St. Leo, Fla., at NCAA Division II Saint Leo University in 2006. As an assistant coach for the men’s program he helped conduct team’s practices and coordinated travel arrangements. During his two-year stay, the Lions made the Sunshine State Conference Tournament to conclude each season and finished with a combined record of 19-11-4.
Gorski also has a significant club soccer background. In addition to his time at Valparaiso Soccer Club, he has served as the Director of Goalkeeping at Albertson Soccer Club in Long Island, N.Y., in 2015-16, at Sereno Soccer Club in Phoenix, Ariz., from 2011-14 and Central Pasco United Soccer Club in Land O’Lakes, Fla.
As a student-athlete, Gorski was a three-year starter at NCAA Division I Long Island University-Brooklyn, where he posted a 29-18-11 career record with 22 shutouts and a 0.87 goals-against-average. He was an All-Northeast Conference (NEC) First Team selection and was named to the All-New York Region Team by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA). Selected as a captain for his senior season, Gorski led the Blackbirds to the NEC Championship and to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in 20 years. He established and still holds the school-record shutout streak of 621 minutes.
Following his collegiate playing career, Gorski played professionally for Huntly FC in the Scottish Highland League. He also spent time playing in the USL-Player Development League, with Cascade Surge, DFW Tornados, Cocoa Expos, Palm Beach Pumas, Brooklyn Knights, and New Jersey Rangers.
Gorski's stellar play in net saw him selected to play for the Great Britain University team in the World University Games in both Turkey (2005) and Serbia (2009).
Gorski earned a degree in business management from LIU-Brooklyn in 2005, a Masters of Business Administration from Saint Leo University in 2008 and a degree from Scottsdale Community College in sports nutrition and personal training in 2013.
Gorski replaces Andy Janssen, who left the program after seven seasons to become assistant women’s soccer coach at South Dakota State University.
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Nestled in Northern Minnesota’s wooded region and located on the shore of Lake Bemidji, Bemidji State University sponsors 15 varsity athletic programs with NCAA Division I men’s and women’s hockey membership in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, while its 13 NCAA Division II programs hold membership in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).