The Princeton University men's hockey program has found its new head coach.
Former ECAC player and assistant coach Ron Fogarty will be named the Tigers' 17th all-time mentor today after spending the last seven seasons molding Adrian (Mich.) College into an NCAA Division III powerhouse. The Bulldogs went 167-23-10 under Fogarty, the only coach the program has ever known, and earned four NCAA Division III Tournament berths. Adrian was also the national runner-up in 2010-11, when it lost 4-3 to St. Norbert, which also ousted the Bulldogs in this year’s nationals.
“It was an honor to be considered for this position and now a privilege to be named the head coach of the Princeton hockey program,” said at Fogarty at goprincetontigers.com. “With great enthusiasm, I look forward to building a program that will consistently compete for Ivy League and ECAC championships. Our players will be recognized for excellence in the classroom, ambassadors for the University in the community and relentless competitors on the ice.”
A native of Sarnia, Ont., Fogarty, 42, is taking his first head coaching job at the NCAA Division I level. He succeeds Bob Prier, who resigned last month after leading the Tigers the past three seasons. Prier took over from Guy Gadowsky, who left Princeton to mentor Penn State's nascent NCAA Division I program after guiding the Tigers to an ECAC Tournament title and two NCAA Division I Tournament berths. Princeton finished 6-26 overall and was last in the ECAC last year with a 4-18 league mark.
Fogarty played four seasons (1991-1995) at Colgate University, where he scored 51 goals and added 90 assists for 141 points for the Raiders. He played one season of professional hockey with the Memphis Riverkings of the Central Hockey League, and two years in Roller Hockey International before becoming an assistant coach at his alma mater in 1996-97, according to hockeydb.com. He left for Clarkson University in 1999-2000, and later spent four years as an assistant coach at Bowling Green before taking the reins at Adrian in 2007-08. The Bulldogs also won six regular-season titles and five league tournaments in his tenure.
“I am thrilled to have Ron join our distinguished team of coaches at Princeton,” said incoming Ford Family Director of Athletics and former Princeton women's hockey player Mollie Marcoux on the university web site. “Ron is an accomplished coach with a proven track record of success, both as a player, assistant coach and head coach. I am confident that he will provide the knowledge, experience and creative leadership needed for our program to thrive on an Ivy, ECAC and national level.”
Princeton is expected to open its 2014-15 regular season at the Liberty Hockey Invitational at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. in October.