As we continue to search for candidates who could potentially replace legend Jerry York behind Boston College’s men’s hockey bench, two names that have been around for a while will likely have a chance to interview: associate head coaches Mike Ayers and Brendan Buckley. Ayers has just completed his eighth season as associate head coach, while Buckley completed his fourth after being named assistant coach.
Although York reportedly told Pat Kraft that he would only be there as a resource in the search if Kraft reached out, he asked for a favor – “my two assistants have been here for a while. They deserve a real interview because they are both qualified. Given that, it’s likely BC will consider Ayers and Buckley as candidates for the new opener, given their tenure and accomplishments at the heights.
Why either would be interested:
They’ve been here for a while and a head coaching job is likely their next step in terms of career progression – so why not give it a try in BC?
Why it might work:
Since Ayers and Buckley have been on staff for a few years, they know all the players, the systems in place and the status of the program. They also likely have a vision of where they want to see the program go, given their ideas of working with York all this time. Hiring Kraft internally could also keep the commitments the Eagles have in the pipeline, as incoming players would know there wouldn’t be huge fundamental changes with York hanging up their skates. The current players will be coached by someone they have known for a while, so there will hopefully be no friction in the dressing room as the players adjust to a new coach and style. training.
Why it might flop:
The same reason it might work: familiarity. Given how the past year has gone, do we want more of the same? It’s obviously not fair to assume that internal hiring will exacerbate the problems we’ve seen this year, especially since the two years leading up to this season have been pretty solid. But each team had its own problems on the ice, and it might be time to try something completely new, starting at the top.
What is the probability of this hiring?
Obviously, anything can happen, but BC is unlikely to accept someone from York’s current squad for the job.