Award Winner: Jerry York
Jerry York, Schiller Family Head Hockey Coach, is the epitome of what Boston College stands for. Since returning to his alma mater in 1994, York has carried out the University's motto "Ever to Excel" over and over again. The Watertown, Mass., native is college hockey's all-time winningest coach, having secured 963 victories over the course of his 42 seasons as a college hockey coach. Having just concluded his 20th season at the Heights, York is four victories shy of his 500th victory as bench boss of the Eagles.
This past season, York led Boston College to the Frozen Four for the 11th time, and his teams have hoisted the national championship trophy four unforgettable times. He has also led the Eagles to nine Hockey East Tournament titles, and his teams have won 25 or more games 13 times since York took the helm in June 1994.
Prior to his time at Boston College, York became the youngest head coach in the nation when he accepted the top job at Clarkson University at age 26. While he was in upstate New York, he guided Clarkson to 125 wins, six ECAC playoffs, and one ECAC title in seven years before assuming the head post at Bowling Green State University in 1979. At BGSU, York led the Falcons to four CCHA regular-season titles, including three consecutive crowns from 1981 to 1984, one CCHA tournament title, and six NCAA tournament berths. At Clarkson, York finished with a 125-87-3 mark in seven years before posting a 342-248-31 total in 15 seasons in Bowling Green.
York's accolades behind the bench can be attributed to his prowess on the ice as a player at Boston College. He was a three-year letterman at BC and scored 134 points (64 goals, 70 assists) in his 81-game collegiate career. York ranks among the school's all-time leaders in career points, career goals, career assists, single-season points, and single-season assists. He was All-America first team and All-New England honors in 1966-67 and honored as the 1966-67 recipient of the Walter Brown Award as the top American-born player in New England. York was inducted into the Boston College Varsity Club Hall of Fame in 1982.
In 2008, York was awarded the Ace Bailey Good Guy Award, which is presented annually to individuals who have supported and advanced the game of hockey. In October 2010, he was awarded the Lester Patrick Trophy, presented for outstanding service to hockey in the United States. And, in 2012, York was named the first Schiller Family Head Hockey Coach.
Thanks to York, the Eagles' future is in good hands.
Past Award Recipients include:
2001 Gregory P. Barber '69
2002 Alfred W. Branca '39
2003 Gerald B. Healy, M.D. '63
2004 John L. Harrington '57, MBA '66
2005 Timothy J. Connors, Jr. '76
2006 John V. Murphy '71
2007 Charles P. '66 and Elizabeth K. '67 Smith
2008 Thomas D. '52 and Regina K. McElroy
2009 David P. O'Connor '86
2010 Michaela "Mikey" (Murphy) Hoag.
2011 Philip W. "Phil" Schiller '82
2012 Rich Canning '81
2013 Bob LeBlanc '71
2014 Jerry York '67