Longtime assistant O’Connell joins Boston University coaching staff

Former Boston University captain Albie O’Connell has returned to the school to serve as an assistant coach.

O’Connell, who officially starts at BU on May 1, has previously been an assistant at Northeastern, Harvard, Holy Cross, Merrimack, Niagara and Colby.

“We’re very excited to be adding Albie O’Connell to our staff,” said Terriers’ head coach David Quinn in a statement. “He brings a wealth of experience in the recruiting world and is a great coach. He’s passionate about Boston University hockey, has an incredible reputation in college hockey and he’ll simply continue to help us add to the long list of outstanding players we’ve had here at BU.”

O’Connell played in two Frozen Fours (1996, 1997) and helped the Terriers reach the national championship game and win a Hockey East title as a sophomore. In 149 games with BU, O’Connell totaled 108 points (42 goals, 66 assists).