Quinn Named New Boston University Coach
CHN Staff Report
BOSTON David Quinn, a former Boston University Terrier and first-round NHL Draft pick, was introduced today as the team's new head coach at a news conference.
Quinn becomes the team's first new head coach since 1973, the year Jack Parker took over from Leon Abbott in mid-season.
"It's great to be home. I'm a BU guy through and through," Quinn said. "No question this is my dream job."
Boston University wasted no time in hiring Quinn after 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, 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.
When he left to get head coaching experience, returning was obviously always on his mind.
"I wasn't going to come back to college hockey just for any job," Quinn said. "I'm excited. I'm humbled. And I wish tomorrow was October 1st."
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. That is the legacy Quinn will have to follow.
"When I went through rough times the most influential people in my life were my coaches, starting with Jack," Quinn said. "If it was just about winning and losing, I would've stayed in pro hockey."
Quinn will remain with the Avalanche until the end of the season. The regular season ends April 27. The Avalanche are currently last in the Western Conference.
Quinn said he's looking forward to working with Bavis and the other assistant, Buddy Powers, but that may only be temporary. Powers has not been expected to stay, and Quinn could be looking to hire his own people.
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.