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Report: After 40 seasons, Parker to retire as Boston University coach

Boston University coach Jack Parker is expected to announce his retirement at a news conference Monday, according to reports.

The news, first reported by ESPN’s John Buccigross on Twitter, comes as the Terriers enter the Hockey East playoffs.

Parker is in his 40th season as head coach at his alma mater. He has an 894-471-115 career record and won national championships in 1978, 1995 and 2009.

The school called a news conference for 3 p.m. EDT Monday at Agganis Arena, where the rink is named for Parker, who will turn 68 on Monday.

Parker ranks third on the all-time coaching wins list, but he has been through his share of turmoil.

Last September, a school task force found a “celebrity culture” existed among BU men’s hockey players, and its report called for the elimination of the executive athletic director position that Parker held.

That task force was assembled after two Terriers players were charged with sexual assault. Corey Trivino pleaded guilty, while charges against Max Nicastro were dropped. Both players were dismissed from the program.

In February, Parker suspended defenseman Alexx Privitera for the rest of the season, citing “on-ice discipline problems.”

Behind the bench, Parker is one of the most accomplished coaches in college hockey history. He trails only Jerry York and Ron Mason on the all-time wins list.

Along with his three national championships, he has won 11 conference titles — four in the ECAC, seven in Hockey East — and led the Terriers to 21 Beanpot crowns.

A three-time winner of the Spencer Penrose Award as the top coach in Division I men’s hockey, Parker was in 2010 given the NHL’s Lester Patrick Award for outstanding service to hockey in the United States.

Parker played center for the Terriers from 1966 to 1968, then went right into coaching after graduation. After a year at Medford (Mass.) High School, he joined Boston University as an assistant coach and then the B-team coach.

He took over the top position on Dec. 21, 1973.

The Terriers tied for third place in Hockey East this season and will host Merrimack in the first round of the league playoffs. They are a bubble team in the race for at-large spots to the NCAA tournament.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=702513657 Matthew James Smith

    This was to be expected, given the shenanigans regarding his players following the scandal last year. But so too was the decline in quality play where its shown from an empty trophy case for his class of seniors, more often than not the coach can have the benefit of the doubt, but for Jack, given his age, his time has come due to hang it up after a memorable career.

  • Joseph Crowley

    Thank you coach Parker for all you have done for Boston University and NCAA hockey.

    2009 at the Verizon Center was the best live hockey I have ever seen and probably will ever see.

    Also, thank you for righting the ship after last year’s off-ice issues. It was not easy to face those problems, but from afar it looks like you did just that.

  • ChuckGandCrew

    One of the greatest college hockey coached of all time. Made BU hockey what it is. I wish he would’ve waited a couple of days to announce this. BU women’s hockey deserved a day to enjoy the headlines on Comm Ave. But regardless, congrats on a great coaching career, I hope you sell out Agganis for the quarters with the decades of alumni that enjoyed the legacy built.

  • hockeyman41

    He did a remarkable job for a very, very long time. He deserves a ton of credit. The National Championship win over Miami was arguably one of the most exciting hockey games I have ever witnessed (NHL or college). THANK YOU FOR ALL YOU HAVE DONE OVER THE COURSE OF YOUR CAREER

  • Snark_Week

    As a BC alum this news strangely saddens me. For the past 15+ years we’ve been treated to York v Parker and their long history as (friendly) rivals, from kids to college players to coaching at their alma maters. Perhaps the most disappointing is that the news is so sudden. I realize that the BU program has suffered a few embarrassments in the past couple of years, but still for a coaching legend I would have hoped for at least one more swan-song season. Jack Parker deserves his last go-round of ovations at opposing rinks, and incredulously perhaps even one in Conte Forum (I can’t believe I typed that, much less with sincerity).

    What BU accomplished in the mid 90s was a stretch of pure dominance, and the talent the Terriers had under Parker powered a half a generation of American hockey at the international level.

    I only hope that Parker is retiring because it is his choice to do so, and not internal politics at Boston University.

  • Patrick∞

    Coach defined a program that set eastern college puck tone for decades… but per the program issues last few seasons, that tone beyond it’s best before date… ironically, think the team will be a threat in post season, hope he’s behind bench for the ride…

  • GottaLoveHockey

    An up and down BU season’s partial chronology:

    - Alex Chiasson and Adam Clendening leave early for pros
    - The toughest first-half schedule in the country
    - Going to North Dakota, winning there for the first time ever, then losing the 2nd game
    - Winning the 1st game of a home-and home with BC, dropping the next
    - Dec. 4, Yasin Cisse pouts and quits over playing time
    - 4-9-2 record from the holidays until the end of February
    - Fr. Wes Myron pouts and quits on Feb. 1, 3 days before Beanpot
    - Worst.Beanpot.Ever. It also would be the last time that a forward on the 3rd or 4th line would score an even-strength point until the season’s last weekend
    - Warnings to and, on Feb. 14, the kicking off of So. Alexx Privitera for on-ice thuggery, putting in doubt the attendance of his recruited / incoming younger bother
    - With 3 games left, G Matt O’Connor has a lung collapse, subsequent surgery, and is out for the season Garrett Noonan is injured in next-to-last game and is lost for the duration. Multiple practice squad players are getting first ice-time by last game
    - Lead HE in penalties. Again.
    - The unfortunate draw of 1st round playoff opponent, Merrimack. BU is 3-0 vs. the Warriors this season. 2 more BU wins could knock Merrimack from Pairwise TUC, thereby dropping BU out of NCAAs / Pairwise

    No wonder Jackie wants to instead go sailing. Happy 68th birthday, Coach!

  • jmsptrk

    As a kid, I remember––on multiple occasions––the trepidation of learning the next opponent in the NCAAs for my beloved Gophers was BU. And I also remember watching my beloved Gophers fall to BU more times that I’d like to remember. They are the ONLY team with an all-time winning record against Minnesota. So for that, I say… Congratulations to one of the all-time best coaches on all your years of success. Enjoy your retirement. I know I will :)

  • pevan52

    And then there were two. Jack Parker, Jerry York, Red Berenson, Herb Brooks, Bob Johnson, Ron Mason. These are the legendary coaches who made NCAA hockey what it is today. Thank you Jack for not only providing us with great memories, but leaving us a great game.

  • GoGophs

    What an absolute legend. He has coached or been a part of BU hockey for nearly twice as long as I’ve even been alive… so I can only read about the dominance of BU hockey over many of those years. Yes, I’m a proud Minnesotan and have my bias.. but I just did some quick searching and seeing a combined 10 Nat’l titles between BU and BC (and how many Beanpots or HEA titles?) says so much for Hockey East, the density of great hockey in the Boston/Massachusetts area, and how much of that really does come from a coach like Jack Parker. Because in making BU a great program, it truly raised the bar for all the other schools that had to play them. Congrats to a legend!

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