Army Officially Out as Providence Head Coach
by Adam Wodon/Managing Editor
PROVIDENCE, R.I. Tim Army and Providence parted ways late Thursday, confirming news first reported by College Hockey News on Wednesday.
The school was planning to relieve Army of his duties soon, but after Army spoke with Driscoll today, the pace was quickened. According to the school, a search to find his successor will begin immediately.
"I want to thank Tim for his dedication and service to the men's ice hockey program over the last six seasons," Providence athletic director Bob Driscoll said in a statement. "Tim has represented the College with dignity and class. We wish him all the best with his future endeavors."
Driscoll, who is also current chair of the NCAA Men's Ice Hockey Committee, told CHN earlier in the day, "Not much to say about PC hockey as of yet." It is believed Driscoll, who is in New York for the Big East basketball tournament, planned on dealing with the job status of men's basketball coach Keno Davis before turning his attention to Army.
Army, 47, who was a star player for the Friars until graduating in 1985 graduate of the College, was Providence's coach for six seasons. He compiled a 66-116-28 record. Providence finished ninth and out of the playoffs again this past season in Hockey East, the thrid straight year missing the playoffs. In his first three seasons, Providence made the playoffs and went 0-6, getting outscored 26-3.
"After discussions with Bob Driscoll we decided a change in leadership may allow the program to move forward," Army said in a statement. "I am proud of a number of things we have been able to accomplish during the past six years and a new perspective may result in the final piece of more victories for the program."
Army was on the Providence team that reached the national championship game in 1985, and was an All-American. He soon beacame an assistant coach under Mike McShane, then coached in the pro ranks for 12 seasons.
"We will work diligently to find a new head coach who will help us compete successfully in Hockey East," Driscoll stated. "As one of the original members of Hockey East, our hockey program has a long history of success and national prominence. We are determined to find a coach who will continue to embrace our past and help lead our student-athletes into the future."