OFF THE ICE * Born in Somerville, Mass., on March 11, 1945. * Graduated from Catholic Memorial High School in 1963. * Married to the former Jacqueline Gibson of Wellesley, Mass. * Has two daughters, Allison and Jacqueline, and three grandsons, Jake, Shane and Ryan. * Former president of the American Hockey Coaches Association. * Former member of the NCAA Ice Hockey Committee.
ON THE ICE * A sparkplug at center for the 1966-68 Terrier varsity teams that combined for a 72-22-4 record, he played on three Beanpot championship teams and in two NCAA tournaments (1966- fourth-place finish, 1967- second-place finish). * Captained the team his senior year and was named recipient of the Bennett McInnis Award for Spirit. Had 14 goals and 11 assists that year. * Highly regarded scholastic center who was MVP of the Catholic Memorial team his senior year.
ON THE BENCH * Enters the 2012-13 season with an overall record of 876-456-113 for a .645 winning percentage. His 876 wins mark the most of any college hockey coach at the same institution, while he ranks second among active coaches in wins and fifth in winning percentage. * Has reached the 20-win mark in 26 seasons * Has won three NCAA titles, four consecutive Eastern College Athletic Conference crowns (1974-77), 21 Beanpots and seven Hockey East titles. * Has coached the team to a record 24 NCAA tournament appearances, the most of any coach and the most of any coach at a single school. * Was named the Terriers' 10th hockey coach on December 21, 1973. Six days later, in his first game as a head coach, he recorded his first win ¡n a 3-1 decision over Dartmouth. * Prior to his being elevated to the top position, he served as the Terriers' B-team coach for one year. * Began his coaching career right out of college at Medford High School. After one year, he returned to his alma mater to serve as an assistant under his former mentor, Jack Kelley. He worked in that capacity for three years before being elevated to the B-team post in the fall of 1972. * Was head coach of the U.S. National Junior Team at the 1996 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship.
ON THE WALL * Has received countless honors, including the Spencer Penrose Memorial Trophy as the NCAA Coach of the Year three times. The first was in 1975, when he guided his first team to a 26-5-1 mark, the best major college record in the nation. He also earned the award after guiding the 1977-78 team to a 30-2 record and the NCAA title. Most recently, Parker earned the honor for the third time after leading the Terriers to the NCAA title and a 35-6-4 record during the 2008-09 season. * Has been named the New England Coach of the Year seven times (1978, 1984, 1986, 2000, 2005 and 2006). * Has been Hockey East Coach of the Year five times (1986, 1992, 2000, 2005 and 2006). * Received the Boston University Distinguished Alum Award (1992). * Named the Gridiron Club Co-Coach of the Year (1992). * Was inducted into BU Athletic Hall of Fame (1994). * Inducted into the Beanpot Hall of Fame (1995). * Presented an Honorary Doctor of Letters degree by Boston University (1997). * Inducted into The Sports Museum's Tradition (2009). * Named a recipient of the NHL's Lester Patrick Award (2010)
PLAYER RECOGNITION * Since 1976, 23 of his players have played in the Olympics. The streak began when Dick Lamby played for the 1976 U.S. Team in Innsbruck, Austria. Certainly, one of Parker's proudest moments came in 1980 when former Terriers Mike Eruzione, Dave Silk, Jack O'Callahan and Jim Craig were on the U.S. Olympic Hockey Team that won the gold medal. The most veteran Olympian is Keith Tkachuk, who played in his fourth Olympiad in 2006. Scott Young made his third Olympic appearance in 2002 and Chris Drury has been on each of the last three U.S. Olympic Teams. Former BU standout Rick DiPietro was on the 2006 team and Ryan Whitney made his Olympic debut in 2010. * Two of his players, center John Cullen and defenseman Peter Ahola, were named to the Hockey East All-Decade Team of the 1980s. * Five of his players were named to the ECAC All-Decade Team of the 1970s. They were Rick Meagher, Eruzione, Vic Stanfield, Peter Brown and Craig. * One of his players, Cleon Daskalakis, was selected to the ECAC All-Decade Team of the 1980s. * Drury was selected to Hockey East's All-Decade Team of the 1990s and defenseman Matt Gilroy was named to the league's All-Decade Team of the 2000s. Both of them also were named the winner of the Hobey Baker Award in their senior seasons.