Bavis Promoted, Buddy Powers Joins BU Staff
Creates All-BU/All-Catholic Memorial Alum Coaching Group
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BOSTON Mike Bavis, who is entering his 12th season on the Boston University staff, has been promoted to associate head coach and fellow BU alum Buddy Powers will rejoin the program as an assistant coach, as announced by head coach Jack Parker on Tuesday.
“I’m proud to announce Mike’s well-deserved promotion and welcome Buddy back to BU,” said Parker, who guided the Terriers to their fifth national title last spring and is entering his 37th season at the helm of the program. Parker, Bavis and Powers all graduated from Catholic Memorial High School in West Roxbury.
These personnel moves took place following associate head coach David Quinn’s departure to become the head coach of the Lake Erie Monsters of the American Hockey League.
One of the longest tenured assistants in program history, Bavis joined the staff in 1998, just five years after graduating from BU. Twice voted New England’s Top Defensive Forward, the Roslindale native helped the Terriers reach the NCAA tournament all four years as a player and played in the national title game as a sophomore.
As a coach, Bavis has helped the Terriers claim three regular-season Hockey East titles, two Hockey East tournament crowns, eight Beanpot titles and last year’s national championship.
Powers, who has 22 years of coaching experience at the collegiate level — including a combined 14 as a head coach at Bowling Green and Rensselaer — played for the Terriers from 1972-75 and was a senior in Parker’s first full season at the helm during the 1974-75 campaign. Powers, a Hyde Park native, also joined the USA Hockey National Team Development Program as an assistant coach for the 2002-03 season.
“For Buddy, it’s kind of come full circle, and I’m certainly looking forward to having another former player return to BU,” said Parker. “I think highly of him as both a coach and as a person and his head-coaching experience in two of the nation’s best conferences (CCHA, ECACHL) speaks for itself.”
Powers arrives in Boston from Bowling Green, where he served as head coach from 1994-2002 and most recently as the director of the BGSU Ice Arena in addition to being a color analyst for the team’s local television broadcasts. He was named CCHA Coach of the Year in his first year at the helm, leading the Falcons to a 25-11-2 mark and a second-place league finish, and compiled 135 wins during his eight seasons while also representing the conference on the NCAA Division I Hockey Committee.
Powers was also an assistant coach at Bowling Green from 1982-88, under current Boston College head coach Jerry York, and in those six successful seasons, he helped guide the Falcons to their lone NCAA championship in 1983 along with four CCHA regular-season titles, one CCHA tournament title and four NCAA appearances.
Before taking over the Falcons’ program, Powers was the head coach at Rensselaer for five seasons (1989-94), reaching two ECAC championship games (1990, 1994) and helping the program qualify for the NCAA tournament for the first time since 1985 with an at-large berth in 1994. During his five years at RPI, he led the Engineers to a record of 94-63-13, and his 14-year head-coaching career, which began with a one-year stint (1988-89) at RIT, includes an overall record of 255-220-41.
Powers played professionally in Europe for four years before beginning his coaching career in 1980 as an assistant coach at Colgate. He also was a head coach at the 1993 United States Olympic Festival games after coaching Team USA during the USA Cup Challenge in 1992.