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March 12, 2013

BU coach Parker retires; 40 years, 3 NCAA titles

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Instead, he will remain through the postseason; BU (18-15-2) heads into the Hockey East playoffs against Merrimack this weekend, giving Parker a chance to join Ron Mason and Green Line Rival Jerry York at Boston College as the only coaches in NCAA history to win 900 games.

“We’ve got games to play, and we’ve got practice tomorrow,” he said. “I don’t feel like I’m no longer the coach. It probably won’t hit me until October.”

After the season, Parker will remain with the university as an adviser to the president, helping with fundraising. It’s a skill he demonstrated when he helped build the Agganis Arena, which opened in 2005, as part of what athletic director Mike Lynch said was an athletic facilities overhaul that cost $250 million.

Parker will also consult on the selection of a replacement.

“I’d like to say it’s the best job in the country, primarily because of the guy to my left,” Lynch said. “And it hasn’t been open for a very long time.”

Other than that, and attending BU games with his grandchildren, Parker joked that he will “probably follow Mike Eruzione around.” The former BU captain, who scored the game-winning goal against the Soviet Union in the “Miracle on Ice” game, was one of four BU players on the 1980 U.S. team that won the Olympic gold medal.

“It will be really different looking down the bench and not seeking Jack there,” said Eruzione, who was also in attendance. “I remember taking such pride in being a Terrier because I knew what being a Terrier meant to Jack.”

In all, Parker has sent 23 players to the Olympics and 66 to the NHL, including Tony Amonte, John Cullen, Chris Drury, Mike Grier, Shawn McEachern, Rick Meagher, Jay Pandolfo, Keith Tkachuk and Scott Young.

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