Canton hires former Oswego player Gilligan to head coaching post

Canton has named former Oswego player Trevor Gilligan as the Kangaroos’ new head coach.

Gilligan takes over for assistant athletic director Pat Martin, who served as interim coach for the second half of the 2012-13 season.

“Trevor was a national champion as a player and he’s a proven winner as a coach,” said Canton athletic director Randy B. Sieminski in a statement. “Everyone he interviewed with loved his dedication, knowledge and passion for the game. We think he’s going to be a great coach here at SUNY Canton and we’re looking forward to watching him grow our program to new heights in the NCAA.”

Gilligan has spent the past five years at the Northwood School in Lake Placid, N.Y., as head midget hockey coach, boy’s hockey recruiting director and strength and conditioning coach, as well as an admissions assistant and social science teacher.

A member of Oswego’s Division III national championship team in 2007 as a senior, Gilligan earned the Academic Award of Excellence every year and was named to the SUNYAC All-Academic Team in 2004.