The USOC presented the award to 44 top amateur sports coaches at the annual National Coaching Recognition Weekend held in New York City on Jan. 13 and 14, following a year which saw a strong showing by American athletes in the 2000 Olympic Games and in other major international competition.
USA Hockey Executive Director Doug Palazzari said that York was accorded the honor as "one of the most successful college hockey coaches in history.
"He reached a personal milestone with his 600th career victory in November, a feat that has been accomplished by only five other college coaches," Palazzari said. He also noted that York has led the Eagles to three consecutive berths in the "Frozen Four" championship round of the NCAA tournament, another rare accomplishment in collegiate hockey competition.
Men's Hockey Head Coach Jerry York at a recent practice in Conte Forum. (Photo by Mike Mergen)
"I have always thought that any awards for coaching reflect on the people that you have coached," York explained. "This award in particular is a direct line to the players and coaches who have been with us over the years. It's the culmination of a good program."
During his successful seven-year coaching stint at Boston College, York has sent a dozen Eagle players to wear the red, white and blue of Team USA in World Junior and World Cup competition.
York, a 1967 Boston College alumnus who earned graduate degrees in 1970 and 1973 from the University, has also been head coach at Clarkson and Bowling Green universities during his 28-year coaching career.
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