After more than a decade spent behind the bench next to Jerry York, Boston College alumnus and (now former) associate head coach Greg Brown is headed to the NHL. Brown will become an assistant coach for the New York Rangers under David Quinn, who was himself recently hired from BU.
Brown was responsible for overseeing BC’s defesemen and his results were easily enough to merit this opportunity. Recent seasons have seen a number of Eagles’ blueliners making big impacts in the NHL, including Brian Domoulin, Noah Hanifin, and Mike Matheson. Brown will look to replicate his success in the professional ranks with a Rangers defensive core that includes Brady Skjei, a player he coached in the 2014 World Juniors.
Before his coaching career began, Brown played three seasons for the Eagles, including two in which he was selected as a first-team All-American. He put up 120 points in 119 games as an Eagle and still ranks near the top of Hockey East leader board for goals, assists, and points by a defenseman. Brown then went on to play 12 years of professional hockey, including four in the NHL with the Sabres, Penguins, and Jets.
Brown came to BC as an assistant coach in 2004 and was promoted to associate head coach in 2012. His time at BC saw the Eagles win numerous trophies including three national championships. Brown will be united with Chris Kreider and Kevin Hayes, both former Eagles who have carved themselves out some nice careers with the Rangers. While the loss of Brown hurts the Eagles coaching staff, this is a great opportunity for his career and we thank him for the memories and wish him nothing but the best going forward.