Sunday, March 10, 2013
Sources: BU hockey coach Parker to retire
Legendary Boston University hockey coach Jack Parker will announce his retirement Monday, on his 68th birthday, sources close to the program tell ESPN.
Parker, who has coached the Terriers for 40 seasons, has won three national championships and led BU to 24 NCAA hockey tournament berths, most by any coach.
His 894 career victories are the most by a coach with one school, and third most all-time, trailing current Boston College coach Jerry York and former Michigan State coach Ron Mason.
His teams have also captured seven Hockey East titles and 21 Beanpot championships, the annual February tournament featuring BU, BC, Northeastern and Harvard.
BU finishes the 2012-13 regular seasons with a record of 18-15-2 and will face Merrimack in the quarterfinals of the Hockey East tournament next weekend.
The legacy of Parker's program took a hit last year when a report commissioned by the school concluded that hockey players were given star treatment and lived in a "culture of sexual entitlement", detailing numerous inappropriate incidents. The report was commissioned after two BU players were charged with sexual assault, in different incidents, less than three months apart.
The report did not conclude that Parker knew of the inappropriate behavior, but he was stripped of his title as executive athletic director.