March 11, 2011

Army steps down at Providence after six years

by Andrew Merritt

Tim Army stepped down as head coach of Providence College on Thursday, ending his tenure after six years.

“After discussions with Bob Driscoll we decided a change in leadership may allow the program to move forward,” Army said in a statement released by the school. “I am proud of a number of things we have been able to accomplish during the past six years and a new perspective may result in the final piece of more victories for the program.”

Army, an East Providence, R.I., native and 1985 PC grad who took over the bench at his alma mater in 2005, compiled a 66-116-28 record, and went 47-88-27 in Hockey East, making the playoffs twice, including as the fifth seed in 2006.

He became the first PC alum to coach the Friars since the legendary Lou Lamoriello, who manned the bench from 1968-83 and helped form Hockey East with Providence as a charter member.

Army’s teams became known for a high-paced style, but that never translated to much success. He took over after the departure of Paul Pooley, who served as PC’s head coach for 10 years before resigning in June 2005. Army’s first season, 2005-06, was the only one during his tenure in which the Friars had a winning record (17-16-3), after staying at or above .500 for six of Pooley’s 10 seasons, including the final two.

Army signed a multi-year contract extension in 2008 that would have kept him at Providencethrough 2013.

“We will work diligently to find a new head coach who will help us compete successfully in Hockey East,” Driscoll said in the release. “As one of the original members of Hockey East, our hockey program has a long history of success and national prominence. We are determined to find a coach who will continue to embrace our past and help lead our student-athletes into the future.”

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