Former Terrier Steve Greeley set to become BU assistant coach

By Tim Healey/DFP Staff

When Steve Greeley starts as the Boston University men’s hockey team’s assistant coach Monday, there will be one unofficial order of business that will need taking care of: getting his family some new apparel.

Greeley’s wife, Lauren, is a Boston College graduate, and his sister, Megan, is a rising sophomore. His father, also named Steve, coaches BC’s club hockey team.

Needless to say, the new coach and member of BU’s Class of 2004 is looking for a lot less maroon and gold in their wardrobes.

“I have to get them all back on board here,” Greeley said with a laugh. “We’ll have them in the seats wearing red and white soon. … They’re going to have to [be BU fans again]. They’re going to have to. My family has got a lot of BC in them, I’ll tell you that much.”

Whether or not the others are ready to move their allegiances down Comm. Ave., Greeley is starting his new gig July 1, just days after formally accepting the job Wednesday night, he told The Daily Free Press Thursday afternoon.

After playing for four years under Jack Parker, during which time the Terriers won two Beanpot championships and made two NCAA tournament appearances, Greeley spent a season in the ECHL.

He has worked for the Los Angeles Kings for the last six years, first as a college scout and more recently as a pro scout. When head coach David Quinn sought permission from the Kings in late April to talk to Greeley, then reached out to Greeley himself, things came together pretty quickly.

“One thing led to another,” said Greeley, a Scituate native who played his high school hockey at Milton Academy (Milton) and Thayer Academy (Braintree). “I’m thrilled to be going back to BU. I’m excited to work for David Quinn. It’s a great opportunity.”

Although he will hold a slightly different title — assistant coach, not associate head coach — Greeley is in effect replacing Mike Bavis, who resigned in the spring after spending 15 seasons on the Terrier coaching staff.

Greeley confirmed assistant coach Buddy Powers will also return.

“Mike Bavis is a great friend of mine, and I’ve had some great conversations with him as well about the job and about the school and everything,” Greeley said.

Recruiting will be one of Greeley’s main tasks, and he’s not wasting any time. At 6 p.m. Monday, he is flying to Buffalo, N.Y. to watch the U.S. Youth Select 17 development camp in Williamsville.

While Greeley doesn’t have experience recruiting youngsters to a college program, he doesn’t expect too much of a learning curve. He spent the beginning of his tenure with the Kings “recruiting” college free agents to Los Angeles, and he said the two tasks are comparable.

With the Kings, he had to sell the organization — including player development, facilities and the coaches — to college players looking to go pro, a goal similar to what he’ll be doing with BU.

“You’re still recruiting kids that are going to be professional athletes, and you have to convince them that your place is the right spot,” Greeley said. “That’s no different than trying to convince a kid or a family why BU is the best opportunity for them. I think experience-wise I don’t have a lot to learn trying to tell players and families why BU is such a great place.”

Greeley will have plenty of adjusting to do in the coming months — adjusting to the travel, his Agganis Arena office, his family’s conversion — but he is excited, to say the least, about the new opportunity.

“I never thought much about coaching. I kind of carved a little path in the NHL and things were going great there,” Greeley said. “As soon as I knew this was an opportunity, I knew in one night it was what I wanted to do. I think there’s something to be said for working with a college, and to BU is a pretty special place. I’ve made some great friendships here, and I want to be a part of it again.”

Alexx, Jarrid Privitera issue statements following departure, decommitment from BU hockey

By Tim Healey/DFP Staff

Following the news that Alexx and Jarrid Privitera are no longer affiliated with the Boston University men’s hockey team, both brothers issued statements to The Daily Free Press Tuesday night expressing their best wishes toward the team.

“I have great respect for coach [Jack] Parker, coach [David] Quinn and the BU hockey program,” wrote Alexx, who has been taking summer classes on campus following the conclusion of his sophomore year. “I wish them nothing but success in the future.”

Jarrid, a forward who spent the 2012-13 season with the Dubuque Fighting Saints of the USHL, expressed a similar sentiment after decommitting. He had been scheduled to arrive at BU in the fall of 2013 or ’14.

“Let’s just say [decommitting] was one of the hardest decisions I’ve ever had to make,” the younger Privitera wrote. “I wish the BU hockey program the best of luck in the future.”

According to Jarrid, the decision for Alexx to leave the program was indeed in the hands of the defenseman himself.

“[Leaving] was also tough on him, but it was his decision,” Jarrid wrote.

Alexx missed the final 13 games of his sophomore campaign after being suspended in mid-February for the rest of the 2012-13 season, and had since been the subject of much speculation about whether or not he would return.

UPDATED: Alexx Privitera leaves BU, brother Jarrid reportedly decommits

By Tim Healey/DFP Staff

Defenseman Alexx Privitera is no longer a member of the Boston University men’s hockey program, a source confirmed with The Daily Free Press Tuesday night.

U.S. Hockey Report said earlier Tuesday that Privitera and his younger brother, forward Jarrid Privitera, agreed to part ways with BU. The younger sibling had been slated to arrive on Commonwealth Avenue either this fall or next.

The news comes after months of speculation as to whether or not the Old Tappan, N.J., natives would suit up as Terriers following Alexx’s mid-February suspension. He was forced to sit out the season’s final 13 games by then-head coach Jack Parker following repeated on-ice discipline incidents.

The final straw came against Harvard in the Beanpot consolation game Feb. 11, when Privitera got a game misconduct after kneeing a member of the Crimson.

The 5-foot-11, 195-pound blueliner tallied two goals and 10 assists before his suspension. He also had what was then a team-high 74 penalty minutes and conference-high 72 blocked shots.

Jarrid, who stands at 5-foot-7, 150 pounds, spent the 2012-13 season with the Dubuque Fighting Saints (USHL), totaling 26 points (15 goals, 11 assists) in 56 games as the Fighting Saints captured the Clark Cup, the league’s top trophy.

Daily Free Press staff writer Kevin Dillon contributed to the reporting of this article.

Infographic by Meredith Perri/DFP Staff