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Scott Goodale

The New Jersey Martial Arts Hall of Fame is extremely proud of its third class of inductees to the New Jersey Martial Arts Hall of Fame. This class will be honored at the third dinner gala to be held at the beautiful La Quinta Inns & Suites on December 5, 2014.

On December 5th, Scott Goodale will be inducted as Wrestling Coach.


The Jackson, N.J., native which eventually took over the Rutgers program, first found great success in his impressive seven-year stint as head coach at his alma mater, Jackson Memorial High School. In seven seasons, Goodale compiled an overall record of 155-16, leading his squad to the top ranking in the state in 2006 and 2007. The then high school wrestling coach was inducted into the South Jersey Wrestling Hall of Fame on Nov. 7, 2009. Goodale was named the New Jersey State Coach of the Year three times, while also earning District 21 and Region VI Coach of the Year accolades three times during his tenure with the Jaguars. Goodale coached four New Jersey State Champions and five New Jersey State runner-ups, along with 16 additional state place winners. In total, he has coached a total of 41 District 21 Champions and 10 Region VI Champions. While also leading his teams to two Group IV State Championships, as well as four Central Jersey Group IV Sectional titles. Each season Goodale spent with Jackson Memorial, the Jaguars were crowned District 21 Team Champions, as well as winning four Class A-South Shore Conference titles. During the 2005-06 season, the Jaguars finished ranked No. 10 in the country then finishing seventh the next year.


In 2007 Scott Goodale began his reign as Rutgers head wrestling coach for the next 8 years and has amassed an impressive record of 111-38-1 during that time. He has lead the Scarlet Knights to two top 25 finishes and one top 10 during his tenure and has made the Rutgers Wrestling Program a top contender while also producing 36 NCAA Championship bids and 42 place winners at the Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association (EIWA) Championships. Three Scarlet Knights received automatic bids to nationals, while also earning an at-large selection gave Goodale at least four NCAA qualifiers in five of his seven seasons “On the Banks.” The Goodale-led squad put together a 15-match unbeaten streak from early December to late February which was the longest streak in school history. In 2008-09, Rutgers broke the then-school record for victories in a single season with a 20-7 mark in dual action. Three Scarlet Knights earned NCAA Championships bids, which at the time was the most for RU since 2004. Scott Goodale’s career speaks for itself as an impressive collection of wins, titles, firsts and championships that leave no doubt of his deserving of yet another induction in yet another Hall of Fame.


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