After 40 years of coaching University of Boston’s Ice Hockey program, Head Coach Jack Parker announced he will be retiring after the end of this season. While there he led the Terriers to three NCAA Championships (1978, 1995, 2009), 11 conference titles, and 21 Beanpot crowns. “Boston University hockey and Jack Parker are synonymous,” Director of Athletics and Senior Vice President Mike Lynch said. “I am tremendously honored to have had the opportunity to work side-by-side with him for the past nine years. I have great admiration for everything he has accomplished and we’ll do our very best to continue his incredible legacy going forward.”
“Jack has had an outstanding career at Boston University,” said Dr. Robert A. Brown, Boston University’s president, at Monday’s press conference. “He has been a mentor and coach to so many great young men over the years, which is a very important part of his legacy. I very pleased to announced that Jack will be staying on with us as part of the BU family as a special advisor to me to help with our fundraising campaign that we announced publicly in September. Jack’s connection with our alumni and friends will be invaluable as we try to make athletics a major part of this university campaign.”
three-time recipient of the Spencer Penrose Award (NCAA Div. I Hockey Coach of the Year), Parker ranks third all-time amongst Division I hockey coaches in career victories with 894. His win total marks the most of any college hockey coach at the same institution and he also holds the record for NCAA tournament appearances as a coach with 24.
Parker has been associated with the BU hockey program ever since 1963, when he arrived on campus as a freshman. A Somerville native and Catholic Memorial High School standout, he was a sparkplug at center for the 1966-68 Terrier varsity teams that combined for a 72-22-4 record and he served as team captain his senior year. He began his coaching career right out of college at Medford High School. After one year, he returned to his alma mater to serve as an assistant under his former mentor, Jack Kelley. He worked in that capacity for three years before being elevated to the program’s B-team post in the fall of 1972. in 1973 Parker was named the 10th coach in Terrier history. Since the formation of Hockey East in 1984, Parker has led BU to seven conference tournament titles and eight regular season crowns. His 421 in the league is a Hockey East record.
His first Penrose Award came in 1975, when he and his team had the best major college record in the nation. he then received the award again during the 77-78 season, posting a record of 30-2 and the NCAA title. Parker earned this award for a third time during the 2008-2009 season after having a record of 35-6-4 and bringing home the National Championship yet again.
Parker has had some major accomplishments throughout his career. During his tenure he won 21 Beanpot titles, 11 conference titles, 7 Hockey East titles, and 3 National titles. Also 66 of his former players went on to play in the NHL, and 23 went onto the Olympic teams. one of his proudest moments came in 1980 when former Terriers Mike Eruzione, Dave Silk, Jack O’Callahan, and Jim Craig were apart of “The Miracle on Ice” team.
In recent years, Parker has been inducted into The Sports Museum’s Tradition (2009) and named a recipient of the NHL’s Lester Patrick Award (2010). Parker was inducted in the Boston University Athletics Hall of Fame in 1994 after receiving the school’s Distinguished Alum Award two years prior. He also was presented an Honorary Doctors of Letters degree by BU in 1997.