After leading the Terriers to their third Hockey East championship and fourth straight NCAA tournament appearance, head coach Brian Durocher will enter his ninth season at the helm of the Boston University women's ice hockey team in 2013-14. The 36-year coaching veteran looks to build on the team's recent success and continue establishing the Terriers as one of the nation's elite.
Durocher has guided the Terriers' women's ice hockey program since its inception, leading BU to an 159-93-37 overall record in eight seasons. He was recognized in 2008 with Coach of the Year honors from both Hockey East and the New England Hockey Writers Association after BU reached the Hockey East semifinals in just its third varsity season.
Named the first head coach of BU's varsity team on June 3, 2004, Durocher has guided the Terriers to new milestones each season. The inaugural campaign in 2005-06 set the foundation for the program. A year later, the team reached the Beanpot final and set the high-water mark for wins with 19. Playing a significantly upgraded schedule in 2007-08, BU hosted the Beanpot and returned to its championship game, while making its postseason debut in the Hockey East semifinals.
In 2008-09, the Terriers entered the national rankings for the first time and won their first postseason game during the opening round of the Hockey East playoffs. Durocher served on the committee that organized the NCAA Women's Frozen Four, hosted at BU's Agganis Arena, and was selected as a coach for the East team at the NCAA Frozen Four Skills Challenge that was held in conjunction with the Men's Frozen Four in Washington.
In 2009-10, BU captured its first-ever Hockey East title and NCAA tournament berth. After blanking New Hampshire, 4-0, in the Hockey East semifinals, the Terriers edged Connecticut, 2-1, in overtime to claim their first conference crown. BU faced top-ranked Mercyhurst in the NCAA quarterfinals and lost the hard-fought game, 4-1. With a 17-9-12 record, Durocher led the squad to at least 17 victories for the third time in four campaigns, while the nine losses suffered by the team were the fewest in program history.
In 2010-11, the Terriers set a program record for victories (27) and suffered just seven losses all season. BU went 15-3-3 in conference play to capture its first-ever regular season crown. BU hosted Mercyhurst in the NCAA quarterfinals, and the Terriers avenged their loss to Mercyhurst the previous season, advancing to the Frozen Four with a 4-2 win. The Terriers then beat Cornell, 4-1, in the national semifinals to set up a contest with No. 1 Wisconsin for the national title. BU played hard and was within a goal entering the third period, but Wisconsin came away with a 4-1 victory. Despite coming up short in the title game, Durocher's squad enjoyed its most successful season to date.
In 2011-12 BU once again reached the 20-win plateau en route to its second Hockey East championship in three seasons and third consecutive NCAA tournament appearance. The Terriers hosted the 34th annual Beanpot tournament and advanced to the title game for the second time as a varsity program. After a thrilling double-overtime win against Providence in the Hockey East title game, BU nearly pulled off one of the greatest comebacks in NCAA tournament history at Cornell. BU erased a 7-4 deficit in the final 10 minutes of the third period to force overtime. It took three overtimes to settle the score, as Cornell edged BU, 8-7, but the Terriers established themselves as one of the premier teams in the country.
BU had its best season to date in 2012-13, as the Terriers won a program-record 28 games en route to claiming the Hockey East regular-season title and its second straight Hockey East championship. They made their fourth consecutive NCAA tournament appearance and played in the national title game for the second time in three seasons. BU finished the season ranked second in both polls.
Prior to his current position, Durocher served as the associate head coach and recruiting coordinator of the BU men's ice hockey team from 1996-2004, helping the Terriers to five NCAA tournaments, six Beanpot titles and a Hockey East Tournament Championship.
While a student at BU, Durocher was a four-year letterman as a goalie and co-captain of the Terriers' 1978 NCAA Division I national championship team. Durocher first served as a full-time assistant on BU men's ice hockey head coach Jack Parker's staff from 1980-85. He began his coaching career immediately after graduation when he was named an assistant coach at American International College in Springfield, Mass. He was there from 1978-80 before returning to BU.
In 1985, he left the Terriers to join the staff of the late Terry Slater at Colgate University. In addition to his on-ice responsibilities, he was also the Red Raiders' primary recruiter and was responsible for attracting the players who backboned the 1990 team that won the Eastern College Athletic Conference title and advanced to the NCAA title game. In the semifinals of the tournament, Colgate defeated BU, 3-2.
In December 1991, after the untimely death of Slater, Durocher was named Colgate's interim head coach, a position he retained through the conclusion of the 1992 season. Later that fall, he was named assistant coach at Brown University, a position he held until he returned to BU in 1996.
A native of Longmeadow, Mass., Durocher compiled an impressive 47-13-1 career record minding the goal for the Terriers. His most successful year was his freshman season, during which he compiled a 17-2-1 record with a 3.61 goals-against average and .874 save percentage. He won the Eberly Trophy as the most outstanding goalie in the Beanpot and was an All-East selection. His senior year, as the Terriers finished with a 30-2 record and won the NCAA title, he posted a 14-2-0 record, along with a 3.99 GAA and .871 save percentage.
Durocher and his wife, Laura, live in Brookline and have three daughters, Kirsten, Kara and Kelsey.