Andrew Magera will be replacing RJ Gicewicz in the role of Director of Scouting / Assistant Coach. Gicewicz will be heading back home to his alma mater – Nichols Prep School near Buffalo, NY – where he will be the Head Coach of their 16U team next season. He will also be attending graduate school to finalize his Sport Psychology degree, as well as continuing to do some scouting of prospects for the Fargo Force.
In his one and only season in Fargo, Gicewicz helped lead the team to a Western Conference Championship, and represented the Force organization extremely well in all of his travels this past year. RJ will be continuing his duties with the team until after the Force try-out camps end in late July.
Andrew Magera has already stepped into his role with the Force and is coming to Fargo from the Division 1 collegiate level where he served as Volunteer Assistant Coach for three seasons with the Penn State Men's Hockey Team. From 2018-2021, Magera worked under longtime college hockey coach, Guy Gadowsky; as well as Penn State’s Assistant Coach, Keith Fisher, who is a Terry Flanagan Award recipient for having an outstanding body of work as an assistant at the NCAA level.
At Penn State, Magera was charged with skill development, video breakdown, statistical analysis, as well as systems and special teams development for the Nittany Lions. During his tenure there the team scored an average of 3.7 goals per game, had a penalty kill percentage of 81.6%, and a power play percentage of 25.7%. Magera graduated from Penn State University in May 2021 with a bachelor's degree in telecommunications.
A native of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Magera played youth hockey locally until moving to Salt Lake City, Utah in 2011 to play midget AAA until the spring of 2014. He then spent the 2014-2015 season in Milwaukee playing for the Jr. Admirals AAA program before beginning his coaching career the following season in Sioux Falls for the Jr. Stampede AAA program. He served as Head Coach of the U13 team and as an Assistant Coach with the U16 and U18 teams for two seasons. Magera then spent the 2017-2018 season in Boise, Idaho coaching the Idaho Icecats of the WSHL who, that season, turned in a record of 44-4-3 capturing the Northwest Division Championship.
Magera has worked in the USHL in the past as a Main camp Evaluator for the Force in 2016 and 2017, and in the same evaluator role for the Sioux Falls Stampede in 2018. Magera has also worked for Legend Hockey in Sioux Falls as an instructor during the summers since 2015 working with players and small groups on technical skills as well as vision and decision-making in game situations through video and on-ice instruction.
“We are proud to have been a stepping stone for RJ in his coaching career”, said Force GM, Cary Eades. He gained valuable experience this season, and has a bright future in the profession, we wish him all the best. Additionally, we were fortunate to quickly transition Andrew Magera into RJ’s role. Andrew is someone who I have known for many years, his people skills, knowledge of the game, and keen eye for talent will help our organization grow. We’re so excited to welcome Andrew and his wife Sarah to the Force family.”