Gendron’s first college hockey coaching experience was with the Black Bears, where he assisted Coach Shawn Walsh with the 1993 NCAA Division I National Championship team.
Before his time as Maine Head Coach, Gendron was associate head coach at Yale University; the Bulldogs earned the 2013 NCAA Division I National Championship.
Prior to Gendron’s two seasons at Yale, from 2005-11, he was an assistant coach at the University of Massachusetts, helping the Minutemen reach the 2007 NCAA Tournament.
In the 2004–05 season, Gendron was head coach and general manager of the Indiana Ice of the United States Hockey League.
Gendron spent 11 seasons in professional hockey with the New Jersey Devils organization. From 2002-04, he coached the Albany River Rats of the American Hockey League. From 2000-02, he scouted for the Devils and from 1996–2000, Gendron was an assistant coach of the Albany River Rats, leading the team to two appearances in the AHL conference finals.
From 1994-96, Gendron was assistant coach for the New Jersey Devils, where his responsibilities included on-ice practice and video/statistical analysis. The team won the 1995 Stanley Cup after finishing as Eastern Conference finalist in 1994. During the 1993–94 season, he was a technological specialist for the Devils.
Coach Gendron is also a published author. His work “Coaching Hockey Successfully” has served as a template to many coaches across the United States.