Like your average wrestling coach, Scott Goodale loves challenges.
So when an anonymous donor pledged a $100,000 gift contingent on the Rutgers wrestling program selling 2,000 season tickets, Goodale embraced the goal.
“We were challenged and we met it — so that’s a good thing,” the Rutgers wrestling coach said.
As a result of Rutgers reaching its goal of 2,000 season tickets for the upcoming wrestling season, a $100,000 donation will be made towards the naming of a Rutgers wrestling assistant coach’s office at the soon-to-built RWJBarnabas Health Athletic Performance Center.
The office will be named in the memory of Sam Cali, a Rutgers wrestler who was killed in a car accident in June 2016.
“For us, as a program, it’s great but this is all about Sam Cali,” Goodale told NJ Advance Media on Wednesday morning. “That’s what makes it really really special. He’s someone we think about every day. Reaching this goal means the world to us and the Cali family.”
Last season, Rutgers sold just over 1,200 season tickets. By exceeding the 2,000-plateau, Rutgers has set a program record for season tickets sold for the third straight year.
“Reaching 2,000 season tickets (sold),” Goodale said, “shows just how much New Jersey cares about wrestling and our program.”