Boston College has signed coach Jerry
York, college hockey’s all-time winningest coach with 1,063, is in his 25th season at his alma mater and sits just four wins shy of 600 during his tenure at BC. York has led the Eagles to at least a share of three straight Hockey East Regular Season titles in addition to nine straight 20-win seasons, the second-longest active streak in Division I behind Denver.
“Jerry embodies everything we look for in a coach,” BC athletic director Martin Jarmond said. “He is a tremendous person, teacher, leader and has taken our program to elite levels both on and off the ice while also making such a positive impact in all areas for his student-athletes. We are thrilled to see Jerry continue to lead our program for years to come.”
Boston College has won four national championships under York, including three in a five-year stretch from 2008 to 2012. York has taken Boston College to 12 NCAA Frozen Fours and is the all-time leader in NCAA Tournament victories with 41. He also collected his fourth Hockey East Coach of the Year Award last season following his squad’s 18-6-0 conference record.
“I am excited and honored to continue coaching our incredible student-athletes at my alma mater,” said York. “I truly believe that this year’s team can and will accomplish something significant in our ongoing pursuit of trophies.”
Boston College has not made the NCAA tournament either of the last two years, and is currently under .500 this season. The last time BC went three straight years without making the NCAAs was York’s first three years on the job. From 1998 to 2016, the Eagles only missed the NCAAs twice. Despite those uncharacteristic struggles, optimism remains high for the Eagles; they have a blue-chip recruiting class coming in next season.
York, who turns 74 years old in July, is the oldest coach in college hockey; Western Michigan’s Andy Murray is next oldest (67).
In addition to the success of his players at the collegiate level, Boston College is tied for the most alumni currently playing in the NHL with 21. York has seen 15 different players selected in the first round of the NHL Draft, and his former players have combined to win nine Stanley Cups. Forwards Johnny Gaudreau and Cam Atkinson were both named NHL All-Stars this season.
The Eagles face Northeastern tonight at TD Garden in the Championship Game of the 67th Beanpot as York looks to secure his 10th Beanpot title and eighth in the last 12 years.