Zach Gaynor has been an assistant coach for the Concordia University Wisconsin Men's Hockey program since March 2012. Gaynor was hired by head coach Jasen Wise and the two have helped CUW to its three most successful seasons in school history.
Midway through the 2015-16 season Gaynor was promoted to the title of Assistant Head Coach. Gaynor's main duties include recruiting and helping with the defensive side of the ice.
Gaynor plays a big part in the recruiting for CUW, helping recruit several talented players who have made their mark on the program over the past two years. The Falcons had two freshmen, Brett Penner and Riley Storzuk, score 20+ points in 2013-14, the two highest marks by freshmen in CUW history.
Gaynor also works extensively with the Falcons penalty kill unit. In 2013-14 CUW had a five-game stretch where they did not allow a power play goal, killing off 26 consecutive opponent power plays in a row.
Gaynor has an extensive hockey background that began at a young age. He played Juniors in Springfield, Mo., as well as in Nipawin, Saskatchewan. He also played for the University of Oregon in the ACHA during the 2007-2008 season, when they won their division title and made an appearance at regionals.
After playing hockey at UO, he moved to Fond du Lac, Wis., to play hockey at Marian University. While obtaining his undergraduate degree in business administration with an emphasis in sport and recreation management, Gaynor was asked to help coach the Marian University team under Wise. During their three years together at MU they coached a 20-win season, two-straight Midwest Collegiate Hockey Association Tournament Championship appearances, and the school's first All-American.
He is currently in the process of obtaining his MBA from CUW.