Jack Parker to Announce Retirement
CHN Staff Report
Boston Jack Parker is expected to announce his retirement on Monday after 40 years as Boston University's head coach, College Hockey News has confirmed.
Boston University has called a 3 p.m. news conference for Monday, saying only that it concerned the men's hockey program and coach Jack Parker. Parker informed the team of the news during a team meeting Sunday afternoon.
Parker took over the Terriers in 1973, just five years after graduating from BU, and has led the program to three national championships — in 1978, 1995 and 2009. His 894 career wins are third all-time, and the most by any coach at a single school.
Under Parker, the Terriers have made 24 NCAA tournaments and 13 Frozen Fours. They have won 11 regular-season titles (three ECAC, eight Hockey East) and 11 conference tournament titles (four ECAC, seven Hockey East).
Parker and the Terriers are set to host Merrimack in the Hockey East quarterfinals beginning on Friday. If Parker does announce his impending retirement on Monday, it would come on his 68th birthday.
There are numerous Boston University alumni working in coaching, both in college and throughout the pros, that would be prime candidates to replace Parker. Among those that immediately come to mind are current associate head coach Mike Bavis, and current pro coaches Mike Sullivan, David Quinn, John Hynes and Joe Sacco — all of whom played under Parker.
Sullivan has been a head coach with the Boston Bruins, and is currently an assistant for the New York Rangers. Quinn left his post as a BU assistant four years ago and is currently an assistant with the Colorado Avalanche, where he coaches under Sacco. Hynes, the youngest of the aforementioned group, is currently head coach with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the AHL.