According to a report on USHR.com, Boston University associate head coach Mike Bavis resigned early Saturday morning. Just five years after graduating from BU, he joined Jack Parker's staff in 1998 and eventually became one of the longest tenured assistants in Terrier program history.
Parker announced his retirement and another former BU player David Quinn was named the 11th head coach in BU history approximately two months ago.
Over the final years of Parker's career, Bavis, who now resides in West Roxbury, Mass., has had to take the reigns from time-to-time while Parker nursed medical troubles. As he told The Boston Hockey Blog, he felt qualified to take over for his mentor and former boss.
"I feel pretty confident the players have responded to me," Bavis said to the BHB. "In some ways I think I'm a little more uniquely positioned to deal with this. As the last couple of years have shown, this is more than just a hockey job."
At the beginning of this past season, Bavis led the team in a two-game sweep of UMass while Parker was troubled with a sore back. Veteran coach of 25 years and Terrier alum Buddy Powers enters his fifth season in the BU program next year, while Mike Geragosian will enter his 15th year as a volunteer assistant.
Joshua Kummins covers Hockey East for SB Nation. Follow him on Twitter @JoshuaKummins.