Jerry York has entered unprecedented territory.
The 70-year old Boston College coach has become the first coach in men’s NCAA college hockey to hit 1,000 wins with an 8-0 win over the University of Massachusetts-Amherst on Friday.
York first began coaching with Clarkson University in 1972. He played for Boston College from 1963-1967 and eventually went behind the bench in Chesnut Hill in 1994, and has accumulated a 533-260-74 record at his alma mater. His overall record is now 1,000-595-108, including five NCAA Men’s Division I titles, most recently in 2012.
He became NCAA hockey’s winningest coach in 2012, surpassing Ron Mason’s total of 924, and is one of three coaches to lead two schools to national championships. Also among his career highlights are the 1976-77 Spencer Penrose Award as the Division I Coach of the Year, the NHL’s Lester Patrick Award from 2010 and a pair of New England Coach of the Year honors (2003-04 and 2013-14).
A recent profile in the Boston Globe detailed how York still frequently visits player’s dorm rooms and grades them on cleanliness. Though we have to imagine that after Friday’s win, York might be inclined to take a few days to bask in some well-earned glory instead.