Bowling Green promotes former captain, longtime assistant Eigner to head coach

Bowling Green announced Saturday that Ty Eigner has been named the eighth head coach of the Falcons.

Eigner replaces Chris Bergeron, who took the head coach job at Miami earlier this month.

A 1993 graduate of BGSU who has spent the last nine years as an assistant coach for the Falcons, Eigner has accumulated almost 25 years of coaching and administrative experience, including playing three years at the professional level.

“I am incredibly humbled and very proud that President Rodney Rogers, (director of athletics) Bob Moosbrugger and (associate AD for internal affairs) Jim Elsasser have the confidence in me to be the next head coach of the hockey program,” Eigner said in a statement. “I was fortunate to play for the winningest coach in college hockey history, Jerry York, and now I get the chance to lead this program. Bowling Green has an incredible hockey history. I am confident that with the continued hard work of our student-athletes and a coaching staff dedicated to teaching and development, we will take the next steps toward being a championship program.”

Eigner will be formally introduced in a press conference Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. EDT on the second level of the Stroh Center.

“We are thrilled to announce Ty Eigner as the next head hockey coach at Bowling Green State University,” Moosbrugger added. “Ty has earned this opportunity to lead our hockey program. His passion for BGSU, the hockey program and the BG community is clear and abundant. His vision for taking the program forward is inspiring. We consistently heard about his recruiting, his work ethic, his teaching ability and the strong connections throughout hockey, Bowling Green and the BGSU community. We look forward to many years of continued excellence in the hockey program under Ty’s leadership.”

“BGSU hockey is an important asset to our community,” Rogers added. “Coming off of our first NCAA tournament appearance since 1990, it is important to continue the positive momentum. Ty Eigner has been instrumental in the rise of our program and has earned his appointment to Head Coach. We look forward to continued success on the ice, in the community and in the classroom.”

Prior to his return to BGSU, Eigner completed a two-year stint as an associate coach for the boy’s hockey program at Eden Prairie High School in Minnesota. While there, Eigner helped lead the Eagles to the Minnesota AA state championship, and was named state AA assistant coach of the year in 2009. Thirty players coached by Eigner went on to play collegiate or junior hockey.

Between 1996 and 2008, Eigner led two Minnesota high school hockey programs, receiving recognition as an outstanding head coach at both stops. Between 1996 and 1999, he headed the Rosemount (Minn.) High School hockey program, and was named the Section 5AA coach of the year for the 1997-98 season. In 1999, Eigner moved on to coach Brainerd (Minn.) High School, where he was named the Section 7AA coach of the year for the 2005-06 season.

The Minnesota Hockey Coaches also honored Eigner with the Dave Peterson Award in his final season (2007-08) with the Warriors. From 1999 to 2008, Eigner served as a full-time instructor for Minnesota Hockey Camps, as well as the hockey director for the Brainerd Amateur Hockey Association. He also coached and evaluated within USA Hockey 15 and 17 National camps, a position held since 2005.

Eigner served as Bowling Green’s captain for the 1992-93 season, and was a member of the program’s last two NCAA tournament teams prior to the 2018-19 season. Eigner’s playing career at Bowling Green spanned 123 games, where he had a line of four goals, nine assists and 13 points. He played under York, and as captain in 1992-1993, led the team to an 11-game turnaround, as well as a five-game improvement in CCHA play from the year before.