May 15, 2012

BC hockey receives $5M gift to endow coaching position

By Jesse Connolly

Boston College announced Tuesday that the school has received a $5 million gift from an anonymous donor to endow its head men’s ice hockey coaching position, which of course is currently held by their legendary bench boss, Jerry York. 

Boston College coach Jerry York (Dave Arnold Photography)

It is the large gift the school has ever receiver in support of a BC athletics team.

“We are most grateful and pleased to announce this magnificent commitment,” said Director of Athletics Gene DeFilippo.  “The donor’s generosity honors Jerry York and the great legacy of men’s ice hockey and its coaches at the Heights, and ensures that we will be able to attract great coaches long into the future.”

The donation is the first coaching endowment received by any member of Hockey East. The donor professed that his long love for BC hockey, admiration for coach York and his leadership, and the commitment BC has to its student-athletes – as proven by the school’s high graduation rate – were the reasons for the gift.

York, one of the most accomplished coaches in the history of collegiate sports with five NCAA championships and 913 career wins, greatly appreciates the generous gesture.

“I am humbled and honored to lead a program where its alumni care so deeply about our commitment to excellence and developing our student-athletes as men and women for others,” said York.

“This gift signals that BC Hockey will continue to be competitive for years to come.  It is certainly our hope that others will follow this lead and help BC Hockey to become fully endowed.” 

Jesse Connolly can be reached at jconnolly@hockeyjournal.com. Follow him on Twitter at @JesseNEHJ.