Posted: 6:55 a.m. Thursday, May 9, 2013
By Brian Favat
The University of Connecticut made it official on Wednesday, announcing that long-time Boston College assistant Mike Cavanaugh has been named the Huskies head men's ice hockey coach. Cavanaugh leaves the Eagles program after 18 years as an assistant/associate head coach under Jerry York.
Cavanaugh said in a statement:
"I am very excited to be joining the UConn Husky family. 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.
"I would like thank President Susan Herbst and Director of Athletics Warde Manuel for showing confidence in my abilities and giving me the opportunity to lead UConn into its era of Hockey East."
"I'm thrilled for Mike Cavanaugh to accept the head coaching position at the University of Connecticut. I think it's a significant hire by athletics director Warde Manuel. He has hired a very energetic, knowledgeable, classy young man. Mike will be sorely missed here at Boston College for his contributions to our hockey program over the last 18 years. But, on the other hand, we wish him all the best as he starts a whole new chapter in his career."
Best of luck to Coach Cav at UConn and thanks for 18 years of service behind the Eagles bench.