Jerry York of Boston College, the most successful NCAA hockey coach, has announced that he is retiring.
York, at 76, spoke to his players and coaches on Wednesday, and told them that he was retiring. York coached the Eagles for 28 years, and won the NCAA men's hockey title four times (2008, 2010, 2012). York was also the Clarkson coach (1972-79) and Bowling Green (1979-1994) where he won his first championship, 1984.
York stated that York has been contemplating the possibility of retiring for the past few weeks. York also released a statement. “I feel so fortunate to have been involved at Boston College for the past 28 years, and to have had so many amazing student-athletes to coach.”
York is one of three NCAA men's hockey champions. He passed Ron Mason from Michigan State in all-time college hockey wins. He ends his career with 1,123 wins including a record 41 victories in NCAA tournament play. He was the Hockey East coach-of-the-year five times, and he also won NCAA Div. In 1977, he was named the I coach of year. He was part of the Class of 2019 and inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame.
Patrick Kraft, director of athletics at Boston College, stated in a statement that it was difficult to express the gratitude Jerry York has for Boston College. He is a legend, and one of the most classy individuals to ever coach college sports.
York's decision will leave Boston College and its rival Boston University without coaches. In March, the Terriers parted with Albie Connell after four seasons.