BOSTON — Boston College has a new athletic director and an even newer football coach, who was hired this week to replace the one that led the Eagles to a last-place finish in the Atlantic Coast Conference. The basketball team isn’t doing much better.
And Jerry York just keeps winning.
With 924 career victories, the BC hockey coach is tied with Ron Mason atop college’s all-time win list. York tied the longtime Michigan State coach by beating archrival Boston University last weekend, and he could break the record if the Eagles win in Providence on Friday night.
“The phone’s been blowing up a little bit,” York said before practice this week as he tried to deflect attention away from his pursuit of the record. “I want to know where we are in the standings. Our whole goal here is to chase significant accomplishments. And in hockey those are trophies. So we’re involved in a league race right now, trying to win a trophy.”
York has plenty of those.
There are five from his NCAA championships — four at Boston College and one at Bowling Green — along with a record 37 wins in the NCAA tournament. He reached the Frozen Four six other times at BC alone, while also winning the Hockey East tournament nine times and five Beanpot titles — including the last three in a row.
And there are plenty of wins.
The first one was a 13-0 victory for Clarkson over the University of Quebec on Nov. 10, 1972. York, at 26, was the youngest head coach in the nation.
“Sometimes it seems like yesterday and sometimes it seems like a long time ago,” he said. “When I was at Clarkson I wasn’t sure how long I would be coaching. My father-in-law kept saying, ‘When are you going to get a real job, Jerry? My daughter’s accustomed to living a good life here.’