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Powers, Former Bowling Green and RPI Coach, Retires

CHN Staff Report

Buddy Powers, who spent a total of 13 years as a head coach in Division I, has decided to retire. Most recently Powers has been assistant coach at Boston University, his alma mater.

Powers was a head coach at RIT when he got his first Division I head coaching job, at Rensselaer, in 1989. In five seconds there, the Engineers won 20 games three teams, and made the 1994 NCAA tournament.

After that season, Powers left RPI to take the head coaching position at Bowling Green, which had just been vacated by Jerry York. But after his first two seasons produced 25 and 26 wins, respectively, Powers was never able to duplicate that success. He left after the 2001-02 season, a year in which the Falcons went 9-25-6.

Powers, 63, eventually rejoined Jack Parker as an assistant coach at BU, and stayed on the staff last season when David Quinn took over as head coach.

Another BU alumnus, Albie O'Connell, who has been an assistant at Harvard and Northeastern, will take Powers' place with the Terriers.

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