Total Package Hockey (TPH), in concert with the Evansville Youth Hockey Association (EYHA) and the Tri-State community’s elite junior hockey team, the NA3HL Evansville ThunderBolts, have announced on this date the appointment of Ryan Gayso to the position of Assistant Hockey Director in Evansville for the EYHA hockey program.
In his new capacity, Gayso, a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, will be working closely alongside EYHA Director of Hockey, Mark Cody, in advancing and enhancing the presence and profile of the great game of hockey throughout the Evansville community, beginning at the most formative years for our area youth.
Widely recognized and highly-regarded as an exceptional and exemplary instructor and coach, Gayso, in tandem with Cody, will be focusing on the “Grass Roots” approach and overall total efforts in fostering the growth of the EYHA program in our community. Gayso’s “Grass Roots” efforts will be focused primarily on “Learn to Play Hockey,” Mites, the house league and house All-Star programs
EYHA Director of Hockey Cody is looking forward to the many outstanding contributions which his new partner in youth hockey will bring to Evansville. “Our youth hockey players in our community will really benefit from Ryan’s passion for our great game of hockey and his ability to teach young players. Ryan’s excellent teaching skills are certain to advance our EYHA hockey program immensely. This is a great day for the EYHA hockey program here in Evansville as we now have with us a top-notch experienced hockey professional armed with extraordinary credentials and who is leaving the youth development program of the NHL Pittsburgh Penguins to become a part of our development program here. I am excited to have Ryan with us and look forward to working with him.”
For his part, Gayso is thrilled to be coming to the hockey-growing Tri-State area and is anxious to roll-up his sleeves and get to work on everything that is EYHA. “I am more than excited to be moving to my new Evansville address where I can continue to share and impart my passion for introducing our great game of hockey to new, enthusiastic players. In particularly, I look forward to growing the game in the Tri-State area with Coach Cody.”
Gayso has been involved in the game of hockey his entire life. He started playing our great game at the young and tender age of two. As a goaltender, Ryan climbed through the ranks, ascending from an in-house league all the way to the summit of the collegiate level. He attended Robert Morris U., a private, liberal arts school in the greater Pittsburgh area. With the Colonials, he was a standout member of both the ACHA and NCAA Division I team during his scholar/athlete days. Seemingly making a fashion statement, he gained notoriety by donning bright red goalie pads throughout his collegiate career, becoming affectionately nicknamed by his teammates “The Red Tendy.” Ryan culminated his senior year and collegiate career by sparking his ACHA Colonials team to the capturing of the conference crown, earning a berth in the ACHA Nationals. He finished his senior season with a stellar .916 SPCT and stingy 2.25 GAA while being named to the CHMA First Team All-Conference. Ryan achieved a BA degree in Media Arts with a concentration in TV/Video Production and a minor in Photography.
Subsequent to his playing career, Gayso has been under the employ of the NHL Pittsburgh Penguins organization for the past six years, serving as a major youth hockey instructor in many and various capacities including hockey schools and goaltender camps.
Most recently, he was a head instructor for the Mite development League at the brand-new Lemieux Sports Complex in Cranberry Township, Pennsylvania.