Scott Paluch said the uncertain future of the Bowling Green program and his uncertain contract status
played no role in his decision to resign as the Falcons’ head hockey coach.
Paluch resigned Tuesday morning to accept a job with USA Hockey.
The Falcons were 84-156-23 overall and 61-119-16 in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association during his
seven seasons as head coach. BG never had a winning record overall and had just one winning record in
league play (13-12-3, fifth place in 2005) during that time.
Paluch will be a regional manager for USA Hockey’s new American Development Model.
The ADM, with financial and advisory support from the National Hockey League, is a nationwide initiative
that was announced by USA Hockey in January.
It will provide local associations across the country a blueprint for optimal athlete development that
focuses on age-appropriate training utilizing long-term athlete development principles. The goal of the
model is to develop more elite-level hockey players and improve American hockey in general.
Paluch started talking to USA Hockey about the position almost two weeks ago.
“It was a difficult decision, but the opportunity was just too good,” said Paluch, who was entering the
final year of his contract at BG.
The Falcons were last in the CCHA in three of the last four seasons, leading to widespread speculation he
would not return for the 2010-11 season. In fact, rumors of Paluch’s firing have been around for several
Paluch is one of six regional managers for the ADM.
The regional managers will be in charge of implementing the ADM. The ADM will focus on the development of
players on and off the ice.
“To be involved on the ground floor has so much merit and it’s a great thing to be a part of,” Paluch
The job will allow Paluch and his family to continue to live in BG.
Paluch and his wife, Amy Jo, a BGSU graduate, have three children — 14-year-old son Jacob, 10-year-old
daughter Casey, and 7-year-old son Ben.
“That was huge. Bowling Green is a big part of the Paluch family and to be involved with USA Hockey and
to do it in Bowling Green is outstanding.”
Paluch was an assistant coach at Boston College (1994-2002) and BG (1990-94) before becoming the Falcons’
The Chicago native remains the top-scoring defenseman in BG history with 169 points in 165 games and was
a first-team All-American and All-CCHA selection his senior year (1987-88), a season in which he scored
61 points, the second highest total in school history by a defenseman.
Paluch has worked at various USA Hockey camps over the years, and has coached various select teams for
the organization as well. He was played on the U.S. team that won a bronze medal at the 1986 World
Paluch also has a long-time friendship with two USA Hockey officials — assistant executive director for
hockey operations Jim Johannson and youth ice hockey manager Ken Martel.
“Bowling Green has been great for me hockey-wise and for me and my family personally, and some of my best
hockey moments have been with USA Hockey,” Paluch said
Paluch also liked the selection of Dennis Williams, an assistant at BG last season, as his replacement.
“Willie has the passion for the program and everything that has happened here over the years,” Paluch
said. “He’s a first-rate guy and a first-rate coach.”