Report: Jack Parker, Boston University hockey coach, to retire
After 40 seasons at the helm of the storied Boston University men’s hockey program, head coach Jack Parker will announce his retirement on Monday, ESPN Boston reported Sunday night.
Over 40 years as the Terriers head coach, Parker has won 894 career games — the most by a coach with one school and third-most in NCAA history — as well as three national championships. The 24 NCAA tournament berths under Parker’s helm are the most all-time. He also won 21 Beanpot Championships, the yearly tournament among Boston University, Boston College, Northeastern and Harvard.
Parker’s retirement also comes at a time when his legacy has taken a hit. Last September, The Boston Globe reported on a BU investigation of the hockey program that concluded its hockey players were afforded a “culture of sexual entitlement.” As a result, the university took away Parker’s title of executive athletic director.
Some of the salacious details in the BU report included a post-2009 NCAA championship party at Agganis Arena, as well as various allegations of academic troubles. The report was commissioned by the university after two BU players were charged with sexual assault less than three months apart.
The Terriers will open the Hockey East conference tournament on Friday against Merrimack.