Dartmouth coach Bob Gaudet announced his retirement today, after 23 years as head coach at his alma mater and 32 years overall.
Gaudet, who turned 61 in March, is the school’s all-time leader in wins (331) and games (752). He took over as head coach in 1997, and led the team to a regular-season ECAC championship in 2005-06.
Prior to that, Gaudet coached at Brown, where he took the Bears to their last NCAA Tournament, in 1993. Despite a number of close calls, Gaudet was unable to get Dartmouth to the NCAAs. The last time the Big Green qualified was when Gaudet was a standout goalie, in 1979 and 1980.
“It has been an honor and privilege to serve in the Dartmouth Men’s Hockey program as a student-athlete, assistant coach, parent, head coach and a proud alumnus,” Gaudet said in a statement. “I’ve been so very fortunate to have had the opportunity to interact with so many talented coaches, staff members, faculty, administrators, alumni and especially players over the better part of the last four decades. As a team, we always talk about leaving the jersey in a better place once you exit Thompson Arena, and I hope that I have successfully accomplished that mission.”
Gaudet became the winningest coach in the history of Dartmouth hockey with his 309th victory behind the bench on Nov. 30, 2018 against No. 16 Cornell, passing the legendary Eddie Jeremiah ’30, who had owned the record for more than a half century. The previous season, Gaudet won his 300th game at Dartmouth by defeating No. 7 Clarkson and joining Jeremiah as the only two coaches in program history to reach the milestone.
In a February article on CHN, Gaudet, who had just become the first person in ECAC history to pass 1,000 league games coached, said, “The passion for the game is also a reason I come back every year, I love this game. Hockey got me into Dartmouth, I wouldn’t have gotten into Dartmouth without it. I love the game, I love the school and it is a great business to be a part of.”
Only Boston College’s Jerry York has been a head coach in Division I for more consecutive seasons among active coaches.
“Bobby was a passionate teacher and coach who always put the welfare of his student-athletes first,” Athletics Director Harry Sheehy said. “He was a wonderful ambassador and terrific department member who truly saw the big picture and understood the role of athletics at Dartmouth. As a son of Dartmouth, his passion for Dartmouth Hockey was exceeded only by his love for the college. He leaves behind a powerful legacy forged through 23 years of impacting Dartmouth students. On a personal level, I will miss my interaction with Bobby greatly. I wish Bobby and his wife Lynne the very best as they enter the next chapter of their lives.”