BGSU hockey coach Scott Paluch is stepping down after seven seasons behind the bench and compiling a record of 84-156-23 record only finishing with one season at .500 (2004-05, BG went 16-16-4). Paluch is leaving the program after taking a a job with USA Hockey as a regional manager for USA’s Hockey New Development Model, a program designed with the intention to create a national state of the game by connecting local hockey associations.
“It’s exciting working with USA Hockey, It’s something I’m really looking forward to,” Paluch said in an 11 am press conference at BGSU Ice Arena. “I’ve had some great moments with them as a player and coach, and I’m excited to be moving on.”
Paluch will be remaining in his home at Bowling Green with his new position which made the decision much easier.
This resignation likely ends Paluch’s ties with the program, before his seven-season coaching stint he was an All-American defenseman for the Falcons during his collegiate career (1984-88). Taking over the helm of the bench on an interim basis will be fellow former Falcon, and current assistant coach, Dennis Williams who played for BGSU from 1997-2001. William’s coaching resume includes the resurrection of Division No. III Neumann College taking them 3-21-1 mark the season before he took over, and compiling a record of 35-32-8 during his three season tenure. The season after Williams left Neumann, they won the Division No. 3 National Title.
“He [Williams] is going to do an outstanding job, one of the things I’ve always thought is the passion for Bowling Green that I had seven years ago, and I know Willie’s got that same passion,” Paluch said.
“In terms of this kind of season for Bowling Green hockey, your expectations, I want to excel in our three areas that I’ve kind of defined,” Williams said. “First that there here as a student-athlete, so the classroom is a must, we have to be up on our academics, Bowling Green hockey has had a great tradition of great grades and we’re going to continue that. Second of all is on-ice performance as we all know, we want to get as high we can in our conference, and with my passion and the guidance of Bowling Green, we have that bridge of returning players and incoming freshmen so I’m confident we’ll be out there every night playing hard-nose Falcon hockey, and making our way right back up that standings. And, the third thing is getting out, as in getting out both on campus and off-campus. I take high regards in us getting out there and helping out with youth hockey, schools, or the churches, hospitals whatever it may be. But, I want to make sure that people see us. We’re Bowling Green hockey and we’re proud of who we are.”
The search for William’s assistant coaches will begin immediately.