When Jerry York retired from coaching following the 2021-22 season, he did so after 50 years behind the bench in the NCAA. To put that number in perspective, Walt Disney World turned 50 last year.
Not only has York been coaching hockey for as long as “The Most Magical Place On Earth” has been around, he’s done so at the highest collegiate level possible. Add in his playing career from youth hockey to the NCAA, and York has practically had hockey on his brain since he had a soother in his mouth.
York retired as the winningest coach in NCAA hockey history, he leads the all-time list as the only Division I head coach with over 1,000 wins (1,123) and is one of only three coaches in NCAA history to lead two different schools to NCAA titles: Bowling Green (1984) and Boston College (2001, 2008, 2010, 2012).
During the College Hockey Inc. Virtual Coaching Clinic, held October 17-21, 2023, we were fortunate enough to have the now 78-year-old sit down with The Coaches Site Founder Aaron Wilbur for a one-on-one looking back at York’s remarkable career.
During this 45-minute interview, York, a 2020 United States Hockey Hall of Fame inductee, goes into his time management, how to unite a team, how to instil a strong work ethic in players, his guiding principles as a coach, rival coaches he loved to compete against and what he loved most about coaching.
“That’s what I like so much about coaching. You start with 25 or 26 players, they’re all coming from different teams and backgrounds, then to mold those players and get them all working towards a common theme is quite a challenge. But it invigorated me every year.”
Having been in the coaching spotlight for 50 years, much is known about York and how he became the winning NCAA coach of all-time. But having the opportunity to hear it from him, in his words, with his memories, is special.
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