TROY, N.Y. — Bill Cahill, the head women’s ice hockey coach at Rensselaer, passed away last night after a heart attack. He was 53.
Cahill was entering his fourth season as the head coach of the Engineers. Last year, he guided his team to an 18-6-0 regular season record, a second place finish in the ECAC East and the championship game of the ECAC East. He was named the ECAC East Coach of the Year. In his three seasons at Rensselaer Cahill had a record of 47-28-3.
“This is a tremendous loss for the entire Rensselaer community,” said Rensselaer Athletic Director Ken Ralph. “Not only for all the past, present and future Rensselaer student-athletes, but for the game of hockey. Bill was an important part of Rensselaer and he will be missed.”
Before taking over as the head coach of the women’s team, Cahill was an assistant coach for the men’s hockey team, serving under Dan Fridgen since 1995. This was Cahill’s second stint at Rensselaer; he was previously an assistant coach under Mike Addesa and Buddy Powers. He was also the interim head coach in 1989.
Before coming back to Rensselaer, Cahill was the head coach at Norwich and also an assistant. Cahill also was the head coach at Assumption from 1983-86.