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BOSTON – One of the most successful coaches in the history of collegiate athletics is ending his career after 40 seasons at the helm of the Boston University men’s ice hockey program. Jack Parker, who has led the Terriers to three NCAA Championships (1978, 1995, 2009), 11 conference titles and 21 Beanpot crowns, announced Monday at Agganis Arena that he will retire at the conclusion of the 2012-13 season.

“Boston University hockey and Jack Parker are synonymous,” Director of Athletics and Senior Vice President Mike Lynch said. “I am tremendously honored to have had the opportunity to work side-by-side with him for the past nine years. I have great admiration for everything he has accomplished and we’ll do our very best to continue his incredible legacy going forward.”

“Jack has had an outstanding career at Boston University,” said Dr. Robert A. Brown, Boston University’s president, at Monday’s press conference. “He has been a mentor and coach to so many great young men over the years, which is a very important part of his legacy. I very pleased to announced that Jack will be staying on with us as part of the BU family as a special advisor to me to help with our fundraising campaign that we announced publicly in September. Jack’s connection with our alumni and friends will be invaluable as we try to make athletics a major part of this university campaign.”

“I’m saddened to be walking away from the BU hockey program, but glad at the same time, because it’s been a great run and 40 years is enough. I’m really looking forward to taking my grandchildren to BU hockey games next year,” Parker said. “The university has treated me so well over my career and I’m truly honored to be associated with such a wonderful place and all the outstanding young men I had the pleasure of coaching.”

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