Gordy Genz grew up on St. Paul's West Side and attended Humboldt high school. His outstanding student-athlete recognition at Humboldt (Humboldt H-Club Award Winner) earned him a scholarship to Hamline University. At Hamline he lettered four years in both football and hockey, where is all-around, two-way performance in football, and his outstanding hockey play and team leadership earned him a 1987 induction into Hamline's Athletic Hall of Fame. In 1967 he graduated from the University of Minnesota with an M.A. in Physical Education.
Upon graduation from Hamline in 1959, he became the head hockey coach and phy-ed teacher at Warroad high school and embarked upon what was to be a continuous and exciting 35 years as a head high school hockey coach and teacher in Minnesota; Warroad high school 1959-1962; Alexander Ramsey high school 1962-1986; Roseville Area high school (Ramsey and Kellogg combined) 1986-1994. After retirement from public school teaching and coaching in 1994, Gordy returned to Hamline University he served as Assistant Men's hockey coach and a member of the American Hockey Coaches Association.
Gordy's emphasis on player development and team play communsurate with successfully competing against Minnesota's top high school teams, brought by wide-spread recognintion to school, community, players and coaching staff alike. Ramsey and Roseville Area high school teams won seven Regions/Section Championships (Ramsey 1963, 1964, 1965 and again in 1971, 1972, & 1973). Roseville Area high school won the Section II Championship over Duluth East in 1987. The Ramsey teams were Minnesota State Consolation Champions in 1963 & 1965 and the 1973 team was runner-up to Hibbing in the Minnesota State High School Hockey Championship.
1973 State Runner-Up Alexander Ramsey
Genz coached teams reached the 500 win milestone in February 1992. In 1994, Gordy was recognized by the Minnesota Hockey Coaches Association for "35 years of outstanding service to high school hockey", and was inducted into the MHCA Hall of Fame in 1996. A life member of the Minnesota State High School Coaches Association and a long-time Section III-AA Delegate to that organization's Delegate Assembly, he was presented the "George Haun" award for outstanding service and leadership in 1995. Gordy has been a long-time member and served as President of the Minnesota Old Timer's Hockey Association.
Lifetime Coaching Record: 527-274-22
7 Regional Championships, 7 State Tournament Appearances, Consolation Champions 1963 & 1965, State Runner-Up 1973.