Holy Cross AD, former player, coach Bellerose to retire on Dec. 31

Holy Cross associate director of athletics and business manager Bill Bellerose announced Thursday that he will retire, effective Dec. 31, 2014.

Bellerose has been with Holy Cross for 37 years, including the last 23 in his current role.

From 1988 through 1993, Bellerose served as the head coach of the Crusaders’ team after previously spending time as an assistant coach from 1977 to 1988.

During his days as an undergraduate from 1973 to 1977, Bellerose was a member of the Holy Cross hockey team and still ranks eighth all-time in career points (152) and 10th all-time in career goals (71). In 2002, he was inducted into the Holy Cross Varsity Club Hall of Fame.

Bellerose served on the NCAA Division I men’s ice hockey committee from 2005 to 2010 and was the chairman of the committee during the 2009-2010 season. Bellerose was also instrumental in the formation of the MAAC hockey league, which allowed Holy Cross and several other institutions to move up to the Division I level.