Buddy Powers to be named assistant coach at Boston University?


(Updated Wednesday, July 8, 8 a.m.)Buddy Powers could be returning to college hockey.
The current director of the BGSU Ice Arena and a former head coach at Bowling Green is expected to be
named an assistant coach at reigning NCAA champion Boston University, the Sentinel-Tribune has learned.

Powers is a native of Hyde Park in suburban Boston and played for the Terriers from 1972-75.
The expected hiring also is being reported by US Hockey Report.
As of Wednesday morning, the 57-year-old has not returned telephone messagesleft on his cell phone. But
he’s previously said he would like to return to coaching. He remains an avid fan of college hockey and
continues to be well connected with those in the sport.
A spokesman for the BU athletics department said via e-mail he had not been informed of any additions to
the Terriers’ coaching staff by the university’s personnel office.
Sources have told the Sentinel-Tribune the final details are still being worked out.
BU is expected to be ranked in the top five of both major polls at the start of next season The Terriers
were 35-6-4 overall and won the Hockey East championship with an 18-5-4 record last season. They
finished first in both major polls.
Powers’ move to BU, if it becomes reality, also makes sense because of the uncertain future of the ice
arena and the Falcon hockey program.
The Falcon program has been targeted for elimination by the university and the athletics department in
order to help the two deal with large financial deficits. The arena, one of the worst in college hockey,
is in need of renovation.
And there’s concern among users of the arena that if the Falcon program is cut, the closing of the arena
will soon follow.
A renovation of the arena was scheduled to start earlier this year, but was scrapped because of the
university didn’t have the needed $4 million.
In addition, all three of Powers’ children have now graduated from BGHS after his youngest, daughter
Caroline, graduated earlier this year.
Powers was the Falcons’ head coach from 1994-2002, compiling a 135-149-26 record. The Falcons were
25-11-2 overall and 18-7-2 in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association in his first season and was
named CCHA coach of the year.
He also was an assistant coach on BG’s NCAA championship team in 1984. Powers was an assistant at BG from
1982-88 before being named the head coach at the Rochester (N.Y.) Institute of Technology for the
1988-89 season.
The Tigers were 26-8-2 under Powers, winning the ECAC West Division championship and advancing to the
championship game of the NCAA playoffs.
Powers then was named the head coach at Rensselaer in Troy, N.Y. for the 1989-90 season. He was 94-63-13
at Rensselaer from 1989-94. The Engineers advanced to the NCAA playoffs in 1994 and played in the ECAC
playoff championship game in 1990 and 1994.
Powers was a volunteer assistant with the U.S. National Team Development Program in Ann Arbor, Mich.
during the 2002-03 season. He was able to remain in BG and commute to Ann Arbor.
He was named the head hockey and golf coach at Wesleyan University (Middletown, Conn.) in the spring of
2003, but decided to return to BG with his family shortly after taking that job and never coached a game
there. After returning to BG, he eventually was named the director of the ice arena.
Powers, a 1975 BU graduate, was a hard-working left wing with the Terriers, totaling 14 goals and 26
goals in 96 games. The Terriers were third in the NCAA playoffs in each of his final two seasons and
were 49-13-1 during those two seasons.
Powers remains good friends with BU head coach Jack Parker, who coached Powers during his final two
seasons with the Terriers.
Powers also was an assistant coach at Colgate during the 1980-81 and 81-82 seasons.

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