CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. –Jerry Yorkthe winning coach in NCAA’s hockey history, five-time NCAA champion, Hockey Hall of Famer and beloved Boston College ambassador and college citizen, has announced his retirement after 50 years of Division I coaching, including 28 years as coach of the Eagles.
York, 76, met with his coaches and players today to inform them of his decision, which, he said, was based on a desire to travel more with his wife, Bobbie, to play golf for the first time over a weekend. in the fall, spend more time with his family and watch his two grandchildren play hockey, lacrosse and football in Pittsburgh.
“I’ve been thinking about the possibility of retiring over the last many weeks, and it just seemed to me to be the right time to do so,” York said. “I am so blessed to have been involved with Boston College for the past 28 years and to have had the opportunity to train so many wonderful student-athletes.”
William V. Campbell Director of Athletics Patrick Kraft praised York for his outstanding contributions to Boston College and the sport of hockey.
“It is difficult to put into words all that Jerry York means for Boston College, “said Kraft.” His record as the winning coach in NCAA men’s ice hockey and BC hockey speaks for itself, but it is his humility, decency, unwavering commitment to his players, coaches and all of us in BC- the family and the quiet ways in which he contributes to this community that makes him so loved. He is a legend and one of the most classic people who has ever trained in college sports. It has been a pleasure working with him, and on behalf of all of us in the BC community, I wish him, Bobbie and his entire family all the best in his retirement years. “
York, Schiller Family Head Hockey Coach, was hired by Boston College in 1994 after training for 15 years at Bowling Green University (1979-1994), where he won the national championship in 1984. He began his head coaching career at Clarkson University at 27 years, leading Golden Knights from 1972-1979.
One of only three coaches in NCAA history to win an NCAA championship at two different schools, York led BC to the national title in 2001, 2008, 2010 and 2012. On December 29, 2012, he became the most winning coach of all time. college hockey, past Michigan State’s Ron Mason. He ends his career with 1,123 wins – including a record of 41 NCAA Tournament victories. York coached the Eagles for nine Hockey East Tournament titles and 12 championships in the regular season, including at least a share of five of the last seven league titles. He was named Hockey East Coach of the Year in 2004, 2011, 2014, 2018 and most recently in 2021, winning the Spencer Penrose Trophy as NCAA Division I Coach of the Year in 1977.
Known as a caring mentor who was always willing to support his players during and after their time in BC, York coached four Hobey Baker Award winners (given to the best player in college hockey), 17 NHL selections in the first round, 12 Stanley Cup champions, and dozens of players who went on to successful careers in the NHL. He also coached several Olympics and mentored dozens of individuals who continued to serve as NHL coaches, general managers and presidents of hockey operations. His reputation for treating all of his players equally and keeping them to the highest standard on and off the ice strengthened his status throughout the sports world and made him loved by generations of hockey players and their families, whether in Potsdam, NY; Bowling Green, Ohio; or in Chestnut Hill.
A star player at Boston College High School before coming to Heights to play for coach John “Snooks” Kelley, York was named First-Team All-America in 1967 and won the Walter Brown Award for the best American-born player in New England the same year. He scored 134 points as a player (84 goals, 70 assists) and led the Eagles to a record of 60-29, the 1965 Beanpot title and a second-place finish in the 1965 NCAA Tournament.
“The highlight of my career was June 15, 1994, when BC President J. Donald Monan, SJ, and Athletic Director Chet Gladchuk invited me to meet with them at BC,” York said. “We were touring on campus, and later that night, Fr. Monan invited me to his office in Botolph House to speak. ‘I want you to be the next hockey coach in BC,’ ‘he said.’ I know you will make us proud. ‘It has been an honor to serve my alma mater, to work for Fr. Monan and Fr. Leahy, and to train with so many amazing assistants and other BC coaches. I leave knowing that is the right time to go. The book has not It is not closed, but it is time for me to start a new chapter. ”
A national search for the next men’s hockey coach will begin immediately.