By James Garrison
The Boston University Men’s Head Hockey Coach Albie O’Connell will not be returning to his head coaching position next season, Drew Marrochello announced today.
“We have very high expectations for our men’s hockey program and we are determined to have our team compete at the highest level of college hockey. After the conclusion of our regular year-end assessment, we believe that a new direction is needed for our program to achieve our goals”, Marochello said.
The 2021-22 season marked the last season on O’Connell’s contract, which will not be renewed.
As head coach for four seasons, O’Connell posted a 58-49-16 record, led BU to one NCAA tournament appearance in the 2021-22 season, and a Beanpot championship in 2022.
After playing four seasons on Comm. Ave and serving as captain (class of ‘99), O’Connell served for four seasons as an associate head coach under David Quinn until being promoted to the head coaching position after Quinn’s departure in 2018.
It is currently unclear whether BU Athletics will promote from within, most likely Jay Pandolfo, or hire from the outside.
More to come on a developing story.