Coyle hockey coaching legend Quinn dies

July, 16, 2012
7/16/12
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Coyle-Cassidy hockey patriarch Joseph Quinn has died.

Quinn, 87, who founded the Warriors' program in 1972, passed away Sunday at his Taunton home surrounded by his family. A member of Boston College's national championship team in 1949, the Dedham native was behind Coyle's bench for 35 seasons and was a United States Marine Corps veteran, serving during World War II.

"He was a second father to me," current Coyle hockey head coach Dave Borges said Monday morning. "I spent a lot of time with him during my life, whether it was playing or coaching, and we're certainly going to miss him. It's a big loss for the Coyle family."

Quinn led the Warriors to 13 division titles during his head coaching tenure before retiring in 2005, when Borges stepped in.

"He was a great person and a great coach who lived a long, full life," Borges said.

Scott Barboza

Reporter, ESPNBoston.com
Scott Barboza joined ESPNBoston.com as a high schools editor/reporter in May 2010. He spent the previous three seasons working in the New England Patriots media relations department after a stint at the Taunton Daily Gazette, where he covered everything from Little League baseball to the Boston Red Sox.

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