2008 Recipient: Jerry York, Men’s Hockey, Boston College

If we were to list all of Coach Jerry York’s accomplishments, championships, titles and awards her, we would have to add many pages to this program. Anyone interested in college hockey already knows of his vast accomplishments in his 36 seasons as a head coach and as college Hockey’s second all-time “winningest” coach. He is both a product of, and a gift to Boston College, having attended Boston College High School and then Boston College where he received a B.A. in business administration and a M.A. and CAES in counseling psychology. As a college student he played hockey for the B.C. Eagles, served as team captain and earned All-American, All-New England an MVP honors, culminating in his induction to the B.C. Varsity Club Hall of Fame in 1982. College hockey can be thankful that as Jerry was about to pursue a career as a high school teacher and guidance counselor, Clarkson University offered him a job as assistant coach. A few years later, at the age of 26, he became the youngest college head coach in the nation. He spent seven years at Clarkson (1972-1979) and 15 years a Bowling Green (1979-1994), before coming back to Boston to coach the Eagles.

We are truly honored to present Coach York with the Ace Bailey Good Guy Award for his personal and coaching accomplishments, but mostly we give him this award for the hundreds of young hockey players he has mentored and helped so successfully along the way. We give it to him for his soft-spoken humble nature; for his insistence on the disciplined and decent behavior of his players, both on and off the ice; for his gift of genuine kindness; for his winning infectious smile and for the respect and consideration that he readily gives to one and all. We thank him for graciously accepting this award even though he’d rather not have the spotlight shined on him. Coach Jerry York is truly and thoroughly a “Good Guy.”