Parker to Leave After 40 Years as Boston University Hockey CoachEben Novy-Williams
Jack Parker is retiring after 40 years as men’s hockey coach at Boston University, his final season marred by a school study that found what it called a culture of “sexual entitlement” surrounding the team.
Parker has won 894 games at Boston, third most in college hockey history, and led the Terriers to the National Collegiate Athletic Association tournament a record 24 times. He won national championships in 1978, 1995 and 2009.
Since 1976, 23 of Parker’s players have competed in the Winter Olympics, including Mike Eruzione and Jim Craig, part of the 1980 U.S. team that beat the Soviet Union in the “Miracle on Ice” game and went on to win the gold medal. Parker received the NCAA Coach of the Year Award three times, most recently after the 2008-09 season.
Parker, who turned 68 today, said in a news conference that he will step down at the end of the season. He will remain with the university in a fundraising capacity and a successor hasn’t been chosen, he said.
“I’ve got two daughters and 226 sons,” Parker said. “The team now are my youngest son. I’m not having any more children.”
The university began a review of the hockey program last year after two members of the Terriers were charged with sexual assault in incidents three months apart during the 2011-12 season, President Robert A. Brown said on the school’s website. The report, released in August, concluded that the team’s elevated social status on campus led to a “culture of sexual entitlement.”
In the aftermath of the report, which found no NCAA violations, Parker stepped down as executive director of athletics to focus on coaching. Though not directly implicated in the report, Parker was criticized by students, faculty and several players for lax disciplinary standards, according to the Boston Globe.
Parker said today that the Terriers were implementing changes recommended in the report.
“Our program is better off for it,” he said.
The Terriers were 18-15-2 during the regular season this year. They face Merrimack College in the best-of-three quarterfinals in the Hockey East tournament on March 15-17.