EASTON, Mass. -- Stonehill has accepted the resignation of head coach Patrick Leahy for personal reasons. The announcement was made by Brendan J. Sullivan, director of intercollegiate athletics, on Monday.
Sullivan also announced that Leahy’s assistant coach David Borges will serve as interim head coach for the 2013-14 season, which opens on Saturday with at Northeast-10 Conference matchup at Southern New Hampshire University.
"It is with great difficulty that I have had to make the decision to step down as head coach at Stonehill,” Leahy said. “Some unforeseen circumstances have come up and I would not be able to give the college and the program the 100 percent needed to be as successful as we can be. When all is said and done, my family needs me to be around as much as possible right now. I want to thank Brendan Sullivan for giving me the opportunity two years ago to start my college coaching career and I also want to thank all of my current and past players for buying into what Stonehill hockey has become and what I know it will continue to strive to be.”
Leahy quickly revitalized the program at Stonehill, doubling its win total after just one year and increasing its wins each season at the helm. He led the Skyhawks to 21 wins overall in his two seasons, including a 12-8-2 (.591) clip in NE-10 play, qualifying for the NE-10 tournament both years and reaching the NE-10 championship game his first season. The Skyhawks 10 victories in 2011-12 doubled their wins from the season before Leahy and the team posted 11 overall wins last season.
Leahy has coached six All-Northeast-10 Conference selections and produced six NE-10 All-Rookie Team picks during his two seasons, including 2011-12 NE-10 Rookie of the Year Chris Tasiopoulos. Leahy’s teams have also produced in the classroom, with three NE-10 Academic All-Conference honorees, including recent graduate Dana Borges, who is a two-time NE-10 Scholar-Athlete Sport Excellence honoree and Capital One Academic All-American who was named the inaugural NE-10 Man of the Year. Borges signed a professional contract with Evry Peaux Rouges of France’s second division.
“I would like to thank Patrick for his service to Stonehill and our ice hockey program over the past two seasons,” Sullivan said. “While this is a difficult choice for him, I fully respect and support his decision. He has worked hard to improve our program over the past two years and I am grateful for all that he has done.”
David Borges, father of Dana Borges, will serve as interim head coach for the 2013-14 season. He comes to Stonehill after a 26-year coaching association with the boy’s ice hockey team at Coyle & Cassidy High School in Taunton, Mass., the past nine years as varsity head coach.
“David Borges is a talented and respected coach that possesses decades of coaching experience with many successful results,” Sullivan said. “I was thrilled when he decided to join our staff as an assistant coach and I am grateful that he has accepted the position of interim head coach for the season. I have full confidence in his ability to lead our program and help our talented student-athletes reach their goals for the upcoming season."
"I would like wish Pat and his family the very best and would like to thank him for giving me the opportunity to serve as his assistant coach,” Borges said. “I am excited about the opportunity and the challenge that I will have as the interim head coach of the men's ice hockey program. Stonehill is a great institution, a place where I feel we can attain both academic and athletic excellence.”