David Quinn – Head Coach
After orchestrating the biggest turnaround in Boston University hockey history in 2014-15, including Hockey East and Beanpot titles and a spot in the national title game, David Quinn enters his third season as the head coach at his alma mater.
Last season, the Terriers enjoyed an 18-win improvement from the 2013-14 campaign, marking the fifth-best turnaround in NCAA men's hockey history. BU posted a 28-8-5 record with the .744 winning percentage ranking second in the country. After leading BU to its 30th Beanpot crown, Quinn guided the Terriers to the Hockey East regular-season and tournament titles before earning the No. 3 overall seed in the NCAA tournament.
Quinn became just the fourth men's coach ever to win his first three NCAA tournament games, as the Terriers won the NCAA Northeast Regional before defeating top-ranked North Dakota in the Frozen Four to reach the NCAA title game. He was named runner-up for the Spencer Penrose Award, given annually to the top Division I coach in the nation, and was selected as both the Hockey East and New England Coach of the Year.
The former BU associate head coach and Colorado Avalanche assistant was named the 11th head coach in the storied history of BU hockey on March 26, 2013. Since returning to campus, Quinn and his staff have strengthened the future of the program by securing commitments from some of the very best prospects in North America.
Quinn, who played at BU from 1984-88, replaced his former head coach and mentor, Jack Parker. An All-Hockey East and All-New England defenseman at BU and a co-captain during his senior year of 1987-88, Quinn came back to campus in 2004 to become the team's associate head coach, a role he served in for five seasons.
Quinn's recruiting efforts were instrumental in helping build BU's 2009 national championship team. During his time as associate head coach, he worked primarily with the team's defensemen, turning the unit into arguably the best in the nation. All six of the defensemen from the 2009 title squad have reached the National Hockey League.
After helping the Terriers reach the pinnacle of college hockey, Quinn left to join the Avalanche organization as the head coach of its American Hockey League affiliate in Cleveland, the Lake Erie Monsters. He compiled a 115-94-7-20 record in three seasons with Lake Erie and guided the Monsters to their first-ever playoff berth in 2010-11. He was named an assistant coach on former BU teammate Joe Sacco's staff at Colorado prior to this season.
Albie O'Connell – Assistant Coach
After spending a decade as a Division I assistant coach throughout the Northeast, former Terrier captain Albie O'Connell (CAS '99) returned to Boston University in 2014 to serve as an assistant under head men's ice hockey coach David Quinn. He was promoted to associate head coach prior to the 2015-16 season.
O'Connell came back to Commonwealth Avenue following three-year stints at both Northeastern and Harvard. He spent one season each at Holy Cross and Merrimack after a two-year appointment at Niagara. The Watertown native's coaching career began at Berkshire Prep School in 2002 before he joined the collegiate coaching ranks the following year at Colby.
O'Connell played in two Frozen Fours (1996, 1997) and helped the Terriers reach the national championship game and claim a Hockey East title as a sophomore. He and his fellow members of the Class of 1999 are one of only four BU classes to win four Beanpots. In 149 career games, O'Connell totaled 108 points (42g, 66a) during his four years playing for Coach Jack Parker. As a senior captain, he led the 1998-99 squad in scoring with 39 points (9g, 30a).
Over the past several seasons, O'Connell has become one of the top recruiters in the country, attracting quality student-athletes to the Hockey East, ECAC Hockey and Atlantic Hockey institutions for which he's worked.
At Harvard, O'Connell worked primarily with the Crimson's defensemen and special teams. In his first season there, he directed the nation's top power-play unit, which operated at a 27.3-percent success rate, and helped the Crimson advance to the ECAC championship game.
During his three years at Northeastern (2008-11), O'Connell served as recruiting coordinator and helped the Huskies post 55 wins after the team recorded just 22 wins during the previous three-year span. The Huskies reached two Beanpot finals, two Hockey East semifinals and the 2009 NCAA tournament while O'Connell was on the staff.
At Merrimack in 2007-08, O'Connell worked primarily with the forwards and the power play while assisting in all aspects of the program. Under his guidance, the Warriors nearly doubled their goal scoring in the 2007-08 season and improved by nine wins.
LEN QUESNELLE – ASSISTANT COACH
Len Quesnelle, a 25-year NCAA coaching veteran and most recently an amateur scout for the Detroit Red Wings, is now an assistant coach for the Boston University men’s ice hockey team.
Quesnelle, who was a standout defenseman at Princeton and later served as head coach of the Tigers, has spent the past four years with the Red Wings after a nine-season stint as an assistant coach at Massachusetts.
Following graduation, he joined Princeton’s coaching staff as an assistant and remained in that role for 12 years before becoming the program’s 14th head coach in 2000. His final nine seasons as an assistant were under head coach Don Cahoon, a standout on BU’s first two national championship teams in 1971 and 1972.
At the helm, Quesnelle became the first coach in Princeton history to lead the Tigers to consecutive seasons of .500-or-better records in ECAC play.
Quesnelle moved to Hockey East in 2004 when he reunited with Cahoon as an assistant coach at UMass. In Amherst, Quesnelle was key in the recruitment and development of five of the program’s top 10 all-time scorers and led the Minutemen to their first NCAA Tournament appearance, as the 2006-07 team came within one game of reaching the Frozen Four.
With the Red Wings, Quesnelle’s primary scouting area was high school, junior and NCAA hockey throughout New England.
He has served as director of the Western Massachusetts Hockey School and Preseason Position Camp, as well as the Princeton University Hockey Camp, and is a frequent speaker and instructor at camps throughout North America.Read more »