College Hockey:
Army out as Providence head coach

Providence head coach Tim Army has resigned as head coach of the Friars, the school announced Thursday.

A search to find his successor will begin immediately.

“I want to thank Tim for his dedication and service to the men’s ice hockey program over the last six seasons,” Providence athletics director Bob Driscoll said in a statement. “Tim has represented the college with dignity and class.”

Army, a 1985 Providence graduate, returned to serve as the head coach of the Friars in 2005. In six seasons, he posted a 66-116-28 mark, including a 47-88-27 record in Hockey East play.

“After discussions with Bob Driscoll, we decided a change in leadership may allow the program to move forward,” Army added. “I am proud of a number of things we have been able to accomplish during the past six years and a new perspective may result in the final piece of more victories for the program.”

Prior to coming to PC to serve as a head coach, Army spent nine seasons in the NHL as an assistant coach and three seasons as a head coach in the AHL.

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  • NU’86

    Sad to see Tim go, hes a good coach. Providence is focused on BBall as a school in their position should, but that has repercussions in their hockey department. What I’m trying to say is PC’s lack of success in hockey is not all Army’s fault. It’s somewhat (in my opinion mostly) a departmental/institutional problem. Hope to see Army behind the bench soon wherever it may be. I had a chance to say high to him once before a PC game in Providence and he was polite and respectful which I’m sure is his reputation among other coaches. I wish him nothing but good luck as he moves forward.

  • Fricker88

    My son, Matt, and Tim’s paths crossed at USA Hockey and Matt highly respects Tim. I hope he’s a candidate for the Michigan State job or another gig with USA Hockey’s Development Program in Ann Arbor!

  • obie

    Tim is a sound coach and a first class guy. My son had the good fortune of being coached by him though the USA Hockey Development Program for many years. Likewise, I have experienced first hand, both elevated Jrs and DI recruiting (as well as D3). Limitations and / or expectations and latitude placed on player recruitment by the schools themselves are a significant contributor to the success of any program. A review of HE, CCHA or WCHA rosters is quite revealing….look at where the kids “came from”, how old they are etc..
    Best of luck Tim in future endeavors.

    • Ango

      Lets face it, he was a terrible coach who should of never got the job. My son played with many of the kids in juniors and they were all recruited because thier fathers were friends of tims. Come on, he take a defenseman fron NJ hifg school with no junior experience because his dad is one of your best friends. were did that get him!

      • Hockey Fan 11

        You can’t spell, punctuate, or decipher the difference between where and were. Don’t be such an ignorant moron and maybe someone will actually take your opinion seriously. Until then…

        • Jtl

          ignorant moron is redundant

  • Scollins

    Rick Bennett, former PC captain, player and asst coach should be the favorite for the job. He has done a remarkable job as associate head coach at Union College, that;s right Union College.



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