With the 2019-20 season, Gary Astalos enters his fourth year as the head coach of the Adrian College Bulldogs' American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) Division 1 men's hockey program.
In his first three years, Astalos has guided the team to its first ACHA National Championship in 2018 as part of two trips to the "final four", three Great Lakes Collegiate Hockey League regular-season titles, the 2018 and 2019 GLCHL postseason crowns, a staggering 100-7 overall record, 44-1 conference mark, and two different winning streaks of 20 games or more, while also earning three GLCHL Coach of the Year awards.
During the 2017-18 season, Adrian went 34-1 overall, 15-0 in GLCHL play and ended with a 20-game winning streak (for second-longest in program history) that included a 7-0 playoff record while outscoring opponents 39-7 en route to the ACHA title. For his efforts, Astalos was named the ACHA Division 1 Coach of the Year while seeing Player of the Year seniors Austyn Roudebush (1st Team Goalie), Brad Kobryn (1st Team Forward) and sophomores Joe Costello (2nd Team Forward), JP Grineau (3rd Team Defenseman) land on the All-America Team while blueliner Jordan Oshowy was appointed to the ACHA All-Rookie Team.
In Astalos' first year, the 2017 Bulldogs finished first in the GLCHL standings with a 15-1 conference record, 33-3 overall, fourth in the ACHA Tournament and produced All-Americans Marcus Rose, Michael Barrett and Kobryn. Astalos earned his first conference coach of the year citation.
Astalos comes to Adrian after serving as the head coach and director of hockey operations for the 2015-16 Kingsville Kings, a South Division member of the Greater Metro Junior A Hockey League in Ontario, Canada. He led the Kings to a 39-3 record and they won the division title by 10 points. He also was named the GMHL All-Star Game head coach and was a 2016 Russell Cup finalist.
Astalos received a bachelor's degree in business administration with an emphasis in management from Eastern Michigan University in 2012. He was a team captain and most valuable player at Eastern Michigan. He earned All-GLCHL accolades and an invitation to the USA Hockey Evaluation Camp. He also represented EMU at the ACHA D-1 All-Star Game. He played his junior hockey for the Missoula Maulers of the American West Hockey League and the Kenai River Brown Bears out of the North American Hockey League.