College Hockey:
Boston University ‘in great hands’ with Quinn succeeding Parker

Boston University announced Tuesday that alumnus David Quinn will replace Jack Parker as the Terriers’ new head coach.

WHDH sports director Joe Amorosino first reported the news via Twitter on Monday:

Source: #BU will announce David Quinn as new Boston University Hockey Coach tomorrow. #HockeyEast #FrozenFour #TerrierNation #7News
Joe Amorosino

Quinn was Parker’s associate head coach for five seasons before leaving after the 2009 national championship run to join the Colorado Avalanche organization. He currently is an assistant coach for the NHL team.

“I’d like to thank [BU] president [Dr. Robert] Brown and [BU director of athletics] Mike Lynch for giving me this incredible opportunity and entrusting me with the BU hockey program,” said Quinn in a news release. “I surely wouldn’t be in this position if it were not for Jack Parker and I’m very lucky to be able to call him my coach, mentor and friend. One of the things that makes this job so unique is that beyond all the success here, the former players have such a loyalty towards the program. I look forward to continuing that and the legacy that Coach Parker leaves behind.”

“David Quinn is the ideal candidate for this job,” added Lynch. “His resume is filled with great experiences at every level and he is a proven head coach and a consummate professional. He is also a BU man, an important consideration as we deliberated. Jack Parker is in many ways irreplaceable, but I’m absolutely convinced that the future of BU hockey is in great hands.”

Quinn, 46, was a first-round pick of the Minnesota North Stars in 1984 and then played three seasons for Boston University before his career was derailed by the diagnosis of a blood disorder called Christmas Disease.

He was the head coach of the AHL’s Lake Erie Monsters from 2009 to 2012 before joining the Avalanche staff this season.

The following is a self-policing forum for discussing views on this story. Comments that are derogatory, make personal attacks, are abusive, or contain profanity or racism will be removed at our discretion. USCHO.com is not responsible for comments posted by users. Please report any inappropriate or offensive comments by clicking the “Flag” link next to that comment in order to alert the moderator.

Please also keep “woofing,” taunting, and otherwise unsportsmanlike behavior to a minimum. Your posts will more than likely be deleted, and worse yet, you reflect badly on yourself, your favorite team and your conference.

  • Foulkeblows


  • Joseph Crowley

    Welcome back to BU!


    I still think BU should have gone outside any ties to the program for their new coach. But, with Parker involved in the process of hiring a new coach, we all knew it would be a BU guy. That being said, Quinn is the best choice of the “BU guys”. He’s known as a great recruiter and was basically responsible for bringing in the talent that won the 2009 National Championship. Being an Associate Coach on that team, Assistant with the Avs, and HC in the AHL helps. A new era has begun…here’s hoping he can bring the Terriers back to the top.

  • bronxbomberz41

    Keepin it in the family. Interested to see what the Terriers bring to the table in the next few years.

    • Joseph Crowley

      This year’s team was young and talented. It played really well for long stretches and really undisciplined hockey for long stretches. The goaltending looked good and the offense looked very good, while the defense lost its way for a couple of months.

      The Terriers turned it on late in the year, beating teams they should beat (only losing one to Vermont) and playing very well against the better Hockey East teams like Merrimack, BC and Lowell. It is my belief that BU put Merrimack into that tailspin. It was the luck of the draw that winning so many games against Merrimack pushed Merrimack off the TUC cliff, but those are the rules.

      My goals for next year are a Beanpot, an NCAA berth and see what happens from there. The “pipeline to the pros” remains intact, as well as the recruiting that David Quinn did during his tenure are assistant coach.

  • http://www.facebook.com/brent.thomas.969952 Brent Thomas

    I had the privilege of skating for Coach Quinn my freshman year at Northeastern when he was an assistant. He will be a great head coach for BU. You can’t replace someone like Coach Parker but Quinn is about as good as you can get.

  • JakeB

    That has been the plan for some time, hasn’t it? Best of luck to David.

  • JimS

    i thought Don Toot Cahoon was going to get the job and hoping he was hes good hockey guy and great guy

North Dakota 2016 National ChampionsBNY Mellon Wealth Management