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 Mike Cavanaugh
Mike Cavanaugh
Associate Head Coach

18th Season

Alma Mater:
Bowdoin '90


York Resting After Eye Procedure

BC hockey coach undergoes scleral buckling surgery at OCB this morning


York To Miss Duration Of Vermont Series

BC hockey coach suffers second detached retina; surgery scheduled for Monday


Mike Cavanaugh Earns Flanagan Award

Associate head hockey coach honored by AHCA for career body of work


York Resting Comfortably After Follow-up Eye Procedure

Celebration to honor college hockey's all-time wins leader postponed


York Resting Comfortably After Outpatient Eye Surgery

To miss New Hampshire series this weekend


2013 Hockey East Semifinals -- BU

BC score's games first two goals, but eventually falls 6-3 despite 47-27 shot advantage.

Mike Cavanaugh is in his 18th season on the Boston College staff, his ninth as associate head coach. Prior to coming to the Heights in 1995, Cavanaugh spent two years as an assistant coach at Dartmouth College and one year as Jerry York's assistant coach at Bowling Green State University.

During his tenure at the Heights, Cavanaugh has been vital in establishing a decade-strong winning culture for the program in the competitive Hockey East league. As one of the nation's premier recruiters, Cavanaugh has been essential in the discovery and evaluation of potential student-athletes, relied upon for his exceptional ability to weigh not only hockey talent but how the player can impact the program off the ice and in the locker room. He has played an integral role in the preparation and execution of Boston College's international recruiting strategy, and has prioritized player development for the program that has produced 26 National Hockey League players, a Hobey Baker Award recipient (Mike Mottau, 2000), 20-All Americans and two USA Hockey College Players of the Year (Mike Mottau, 2000 and Nathan Gerbe, 2008) in his 17 seasons.

Cavanaugh has also significantly contributed to contest preparation, practice planning and competitive analysis that has led Boston College to four national titles (2001, 2008, 2010 and 2012), nine Hockey East Tournament championships, six league regular-season titles and 10 Frozen Four appearances during his tenure.

Cavanaugh works extensively with the Eagles' special teams, developing them into some of the country's most formidable units that perennially finish among the nation's elite. The Cavanaugh-led penalty kill unit in the 2012 championship season ranked third nationally and at 88.5 percent success rate and led the country in shorthanded goals. And, Boston College has not finished a year at worse than 84.3 percent success rate since 2008-09 season.

In addition to his on-ice achievements, Cavanaugh also spearheaded an academic mentoring program with St. Columbkille Partnership School, a local elementary school where 19 different languages are spoken and many students are receiving financial support. Current players are matched with fifth graders for academic mentoring that often turns into life mentoring.

Taking the mentoring program one-step further, Cavanaugh founded and led the coordination of the Annual BC Race to Educate, a 5k road race and 1k kids fun run held in the Spring. The race has raised over $60,000 in just two years for St. Columbkille's that has been put toward financial aid, a music program and staffing at the school.

A 1990 graduate of Bowdoin College, Cavanaugh was a three-year ice hockey letterman for the Polar Bears. He served as team captain in 1989-90. Cavanaugh also captained and played wide receiver on the school's football team.

Cavanaugh played his high school hockey at North Andover High School. There, he played for Eagle assistant coach Jim Logue and alongside former BC star Steve Heinze.

Upon his graduation, Cavanaugh spent one year in London, England, serving as player/coach of the Richmond Ice Hockey Club. He returned to the United States and was the assistant hockey coach at the Belmont Hill School for the 1991-92 season. From there, he joined Jerry York's staff at Bowling Green. While at BGSU, Cavanaugh earned a master's degree in sports management.

Mike and his wife Lynne, have a 7-year-old son Quinn, and a 4-year-old daughter, Caroline. They reside in Boston.

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