Monday, June 22, 2009

Quinn departs for AHL head coaching job

Associate Head Coach David Quinn is leaving BU to become head coach of the Lake Erie Monsters, the AHL affiliate of the Colorado Avalanche. He succeeds former Terrier Joe Sacco who was elevated to the Av's head coaching postion earlier this month. Quinn and Sacco were teammates for one season at BU.

Quinn, who spent the past five seasons as Jack Parker's top assistant, previously was a head coach in USA Hockey's NTDP program and was an assistant at Nebraska-Omaha. His name had been mentioned recently when UNO filled its vacant head coaching position.

Coach Parker told The Daily Free Press,

“Certainly, it will be a big loss to our staff. He did a terrific job
recruiting, and he did a terrific job coaching our team. It will be a big hole for us to plug. We’re starting to think about the candidates, and we’re going to have a lot of candidates, obviously. We’ll have to sift through it and make some decisions in the next couple of weeks.

“But as of right now, we’re just happy for David more than anything else. I think it’s a great opportunity for him. He’s always wanted to be a head coach again. He’s in a situation now where he’s probably in better shape to go two different tracks. He can maybe have the opportunity to become an NHL head coach or an NHL assistant coach. Or, he can be in better position after this experience in Cleveland to go look at some premier hockey jobs as a Division I head coach himself.”
The DFP article added that "Current BU assistant coach Mike Bavis is expected to be promoted to associate head coach, and a new assistant is likely to be hired in the next week or two."

BU Athletics press release.

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