ADRIAN, Mich. – After seven seasons and numerous accolades at the helm of Bulldog Hockey, coach Ron Fogarty is leaving to accept the head coaching position for the Princeton University Tigers. Princeton announced that Fogarty would take over the Division I program which competes in the ECAC Conference, during a press conference on June 17.
For Fogarty, it is a return to his roots of when he played collegiately for Colgate, who still competes in the ECAC. The decision did not come lightly to the celebrated coach. His vision led each talented team to national attention in its seven seasons.
"My family and I would like to thank President Jeffrey Docking and Athletic Director Michael Duffy for their vision to build a successful program," Fogarty noted. "Their passion allowed me to develop as a head coach for Adrian and lead a talented staff and team into each season."
"We also want to thank the Adrian community, and the fans that have meant so much to us. Adrian College hockey truly is one of the best Division III hockey programs because of the dedication of a great deal of people. What began in 2007 will continue to build -- and I'll be watching when they claim their first national championship."
Fogarty added his enthusiasm for the next leader of the Bulldog tradition, noting that there were great things in store for both the incoming coach and the team.
The program that began as a vision built on a grassy field seven short years ago, quickly set a new standard for NCAA Division III hockey. Fogarty leaves a legacy as the active NCAA coaching leader in win percentage among all divisions. His seven-year record of 167-23-10 included four trips to the NCAA Division III Tournament within a five-year span. It also saw the Bulldogs finish as national runner-up during the 2010-11 season with a narrow one-goal loss in the championship game against St. Norbert College. The Bulldogs won six regular-season titles competing in the Northern Collegiate Hockey Association (formerly the Midwest Collegiate Hockey Association) and five Harris Cup playoff championships. Fogarty led the Bulldogs to a NCAA record for a first-year program going 26-3 in 2007-08. His record effectively solidified his bid for conference coach of the year-- a recognition he was awarded three times.
"Coach Ron Fogarty has been instrumental in raising the bar for hockey at Adrian College. His dedication and leadership, has helped Adrian to become a nationally recognized DIII hockey program," said Adrian College president, Dr. Jeffrey R. Docking. "The foundation that he built here will remain solid as Coach Fogarty breaks new ground for hockey at Princeton University. We wish Ron and his family continued success as they begin this new chapter in their lives."
Athletic Director Michael Duffy heralded Fogarty for his commitment to the program.
"Everyone associated with Adrian College wish Ron and his family nothing but continued success. Coach Fogarty did an amazing job with the men's hockey program here, building the beginning of a dynasty in a short period of time."
He went on to note that the search for a new head coach would begin immediately.