Charles "Chuck" Gaudet '76
Football – Men's Ice Hockey - Baseball
Mention Charles “Chuck” Gaudet’s name in the context of Austin Prep sports history, and everyone – classmates, teachers, coaches – has the same reaction: “Best all-around athlete of his generation.”
In the early 1970s, Austin Prep was still a young school that was building its sports reputation, and Chuck was one of the students who helped establish the Cougars as an athletic force to be reckoned with. A three-sport athlete, Chuck excelled in football, ice hockey and baseball. In football, he played both quarterback and defensive back, earning a Merrimack Valley Conference All-Star honor in 1974 as a defensive back, and an MVC All-Star tag in his senior year as quarterback. In 1972, Chuck was quarterback for the undefeated freshman team, and legendary Austin Prep Football Coach Larry Klimas put his faith in him sophomore year on the varsity team. Chuck did not disappoint, improving both offensively and defensively in his junior and senior years. In his senior year, he was named a Boston Globe Division II All-Star, with one Globe story starting out with, “It was Chuck Gaudet Day here Saturday as the Austin quarterback ran and passed the Cougars to a 30-14 Merrimack Valley Conference victory …”
He was a key member of the 1975-1976 ice hockey team that took second place in the MVC with a 16-1-1 record, and that same year – his senior year – he was named an MVC All-Star. Always a solid forward, Chuck’s playing improved greatly each year, scoring many goals and numerous hat-tricks in game after game, causing Austin Prep Coach Gary Bishop (Ice Hockey Coach of the Year in 1975) to remark to one newspaper, “Chuck Gaudet is beginning to come out of his shell.”
As a baseball player, he was named an MVC All-Star in both 1975 and 1976. One of his Austin Prep Hall-of-Fame baseball teammates said “Chuck was a monster in the middle of the lineup as the leftfielder on Cougar baseball teams in 1975 and 1976.”
After graduating from Austin Prep, Chuck attended the University of Pennsylvania. His professional career has been in high tech sales and he currently works for Western Digital. Previously, he coached youth sports for 10 years.