Quinn Picked to be Next BU Coach
CHN Staff Report
David Quinn, a former Boston University Terrier and first-round NHL Draft pick, will be named the new head coach at his alma mater, sources have confirmed to CHN. Quinn will be introduced at a news conference Tuesday.
Boston University made quick work in hiring Quinn after long-time coach Jack Parker announced his retirement two weeks ago. Quinn edges out a number of other prominent Boston University graduates in the coaching ranks, including long-time current BU assistant Mike Bavis.
Quinn will remain with the Avalanche until the end of the season, according to TSN's Bob McKenzie. The regular season ends April 27. The Avalanche are currently last in the Western Conference.
Parker's career just came to an official conclusion Saturday, after 897 wins and three national championships, when the Terriers lost to Massachusetts-Lowell in the Hockey East championship game.
Quinn, 46, played for the Terriers from 1984-87. He later was an assistant coach under Parker for five years, from 2004-09, helping BU win a national championship in 2009. He left after that season to accept a job in the Colorado Avalanche organization, as head coach for Lake Erie of the AHL. He is currently an assistant coach with Colorado under another BU alum, Joe Sacco.
After being drafted 13th overall by Minnesota in 1984, Quinn was named All-Hockey East after his sophomore season of 1985-86, when the defenseman had 22 points in 37 games. But prior to his senior season, Quinn was diagnosed with a blood disorder called Christmas Disease that forced him to retire. He later attempted a comeback, spending the 1991-92 season with the AHL’s Binghamton Rangers and the 1992-93 campaign with the International Hockey League’s Cleveland Lumberjacks before joining the coaching ranks.
Quinn, a native of Cranston, R.I., got into coaching at Northeastern, then became a top assistant at the startup Nebraska-Omaha program from 1996-2002. Along the way, he worked in various capacities for USA Hockey, then became head coach of the U.S. National Under-17 team from 2002-04, before going back to Boston University the next season. With the U-17 team, he went 35-26-8 in 2002-03 and earned USA Hockey’s Developmental Coach of the Year award.
Joe Amorosino of WHDH Boston was the first to report Quinn's hiring.