Hartford, Conn., June 2, 2009 - Stanley Ogrodnik (Tolland, Conn.), the most successful coach in Trinity College basketball history, was honored by the Connecticut Sportswriters Alliance this spring as a Gold Key recipient for his lasting impact on sports in the state of Connecticut. Ogrodnik was recognized, along with Coast Guard Athletic Director Ray Cieplik, former Eastern Connecticut men's soccer coach Tom Nevers, and former New York Ranger star defenseman Brian Leetch at the Annual Gold Key Dinner in late April.
As Trinity's head men's basketball coach for 27 seasons, Ogrodnik compiled a 469-190 record that gives him one of the top 30 winning percentages (.712) among NCAA Division III coaches. His remarkable tenure included seven NCAA Tournament bids (including last season), four ECAC Division III New England titles, and eight consecutive appearances in the NESCAC Championship Tournament. In his final season in 2007-08, the Trinity finished with a 21-7 overall record, won the league title, and hosted an NCAA Tournament game.
In 1994-95, Ogrodnik guided his team to the NCAA Division III Final Four. That season, the Bantams finished 24-5, tying a school record for victories in a season set earlier by the Ogrodnik-coached 1983-84 team. In 1998-99, the Bantams finished 22-4 and reached the Elite Eight for the second time in College history. Trinity has 18 winning seasons in the last 20 years. His 469 victories are the most of any coach in the history of Trinity athletics in any sport and his winning percentage is the best for any Trinity coach of an NCAA men's sport with over career 50 wins in the College's history.
Ogrodnik joined the Trinity staff as an assistant in 1979 after nine very successful years as the head coach of East Catholic High School in Manchester, Conn., where he guided Eagle teams to a 162-49 record, two Class L state championships, three state runner-up finishes, and five conference championships. A member of the New England Basketball Hall of Fame, Ogrodnik served as an assistant with the British National Team in the 1988 Olympic Games.