Providence College Names Tim Army Men's Hockey Coach

New Friars Head Hockey Coach Tim Army speaks at a press conference on Friday, June 17.

New Friars Head Hockey Coach Tim Army speaks at a press conference on Friday, June 17.

June 17, 2005

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Providence College Associate Vice President for Athletics Bob Driscoll today announced the appointment of Tim Army as the head coach of the men's hockey team. Army, a 1985 graduate of the College, becomes the 11th coach in the 54-year history of the program. He is the first PC alumnus to coach the team since his former coach Lou Lamoriello guided the Friars (1968-83). He also is the first former HOCKEY EAST player to be a head coach in the league. Army replaces Paul Pooley who resigned earlier in the month to become the associate head coach at Notre Dame.

"We are excited to have Tim Army leading our men's hockey program," Driscoll said. "He has experienced success as an athlete and as a coach at all levels. Tim brings extensive knowledge and strong teaching skills to the position. In addition, he is a part of the tremendous tradition of Friar hockey and he will take great pride in moving the program forward."

Army, who has an extensive coaching background, spent the last three seasons as the head coach of the Portland Pirates of the American Hockey League. He posted a 99-89-32-20 mark in 240 games with the Pirates. Prior to coaching at Portland, Army spent nine seasons as an assistant coach in the NHL for two different teams. He worked for four seasons as an assistant for Friar great Ron Wilson with the Anaheim Mighty Ducks (1993-97) and five years under Wilson with the Washington Capitals (1997-02). Army began his coaching career as an assistant coach for the Friars in 1987. He spent six seasons as an assistant at PC under Mike McShane, helping to lead the Friars to more than 20 wins in four of the six seasons.

"I'm honored and thrilled to return home to Providence College," Army stated. "I look forward to the challenge and the responsibility of directing the great traditions of our hockey program."

Army is one of the top players in Friar history. He ranks first all-time in games played (151), sixth in points (179), 11th in goals (71) and tied for fourth in assists (108). He was a member of the winningest class in Friar hockey history. He helped the squad post a 97-50-8 mark over four seasons, including the top single-season record ever at Providence in 1983 (33-10-0). The Friars won 20 or more games in each of his four seasons as a player and reached the Frozen Four twice (1983 and 1985).

"I've known Tim since I recruited him and coached him at Providence College," New Jersey Devils CEO/President and General Manager Lou Lamoriello said. "He has grown into an outstanding young coach. He understands the philosophies of the College and the values of a PC education."

In 1985, he served as the team captain and helped guide the Friars to the inaugural HOCKEY EAST title with a 2-1 double overtime win over Boston College. He also led Providence to the NCAA title game where PC was defeated by Rensselaer (2-1). In his senior season, Army led HOCKEY EAST in scoring, registering 74 points (27 goals, 47 assists). In recognition of his efforts, he was named First Team All-America and earned the Walter Brown Award as the top American born player in New England. He also was a Hobey Baker Finalist in 1985.

"I can't think of anyone more deserving of this job than Tim Army," San Jose Sharks Head Coach Ron Wilson stated. "Tim is a tireless worker who has a tremendous amount of coaching experience. He is the perfect person to come in and reenergize the Friar hockey program."

After graduating from Providence, he played professional hockey for the Maine Mariners of the AHL (1985-86), Peliitat of the Finish Div. 1 League (1986-87) and Fribourg of the Swiss Elite League.

"Tim Army is the quintessential hockey Friar," former Vancouver Canucks General Manager and TSN Analyst Brian Burke said. "It seems like he's been preparing for this job for the last 15 years. His four years as an undergraduate were marked by his great athletic ability, persistence in the classroom and his dedication to PC hockey."

Army, a native of East Providence, graduated from East Providence High School in 1981. That spring he was selected in the seventh round of that NHL Draft by the New Jersey Devils.

Army and his family have always had strong ties to hockey in Rhode Island. His father, Tom, played baseball and hockey at PC and captained the hockey team in 1952-53. His grandfather, George, was a trainer for Rhode Island Reds of the AHL. His brothers, Tom, Jr., and Bill, both played high school hockey at East Providence High School and went on to play at Wesleyan and Boston College, respectively.

Army and his wife, Sue, a former PC track and cross country star, have two sons, Derek (14) and Travis (12).

FOR TRANSACTIONS: Providence College named Tim Army Men's Hockey Head Coach.

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