Longtime Boston College ice hockey coach Mike Cavanaugh is taking over a UConn program that will join the elite Hockey East Conference in 2014.
UConn will introduce Cavanaugh to the media Thursday.
“I am very excited to be joining the UConn Husky family,” Cavanaugh says. “This job is a terrific opportunity and I think UConn’s move to Hockey East is a natural. I look forward to the challenge of building this program and I believe that my experiences over the past 18 years will help me lead UConn into this new era.
“College hockey is at an all-time high in the state of Connecticut right. The national championship teams that we had at Boston College had several players from the state on it and they were integral in our success. There is a wealth of talent in Connecticut and I look forward to recruiting the homegrown players as well as the prep schools. The state of Connecticut will be key in our recruiting efforts.”
Cavanaugh had been with BC for 18 seasons, during which the Eagles won four national championships, nine Hockey East Tournament titles and six league regular-season titles, and made 10 Frozen Four appearances.
“I am very happy and honored to welcome Mike Cavanaugh to the UConn community,” says UConn Athletic Director Warde Manuel. “Mike has gained incredible experience over his career that will help lead us to being a highly successful program in Hockey East. He is a proven recruiter both nationally and internationally and as a native New Englander he has recruited a number of players from Connecticut.
“Mike has enjoyed an accomplished career at Boston College and has a great knowledge of what it takes to win on a national level. He also brings to UConn an understanding and appreciation for what it means to be a complete student-athlete.”