CHN Staff Report
Former Dartmouth men’s and women’s coach George Crowe passed away Sunday at his home in Florida at the age of 82.
A staple of Dartmouth hockey since the 1970s, Crowe coached the Big Green men’s team from 1975 to 1984 before taking over the women’s team in 1986 through his retirement in 1998, leading the two programs for a combined 21 seasons.
“George Crowe is one of the most important people I have known in my life,” current Dartmouth coach Bob Gaudet said. “He brought me to Dartmouth as a player and gave me my first job in coaching on his staff. George changed my life for the better in so many ways that I could never thank him enough for all he did for me.
“I am going to miss him tremendously, not only as my former coach and mentor, but also as one of my very good friends. My thoughts are with his family right now.”
Crowe was the head coach at Albany Academy for Boys (1960-64), Oswego State (1964-69) and Phillips Exeter Academy (1969-75) prior to his arrival at Dartmouth.
A 2004 Legends of New Hampshire Hockey Hall of Fame inductee, Crowe was at the helm of the men’s program in Hanover during one of the most successful stretches of time in history, leading the Big Green to the Frozen Four in both 1979 and 1980. His teams also won a pair of Ivy League titles (1979, ’80) and a share of the 1980 ECAC Hockey regular-season title (Ivy Division).
His 305 wins between the Dartmouth men and women trail only Eddie Jeremiah (308) and his former player and assistant Gaudet (310) for the most in the history of Big Green hockey.
No stranger to professional accolades, Crowe has been the recipient of numerous awards, including: New England Division I Coach of the Year (1976), National Collegiate Hockey Coach of the Year by The Hockey News (1980), Oswego State Hockey Hall of Fame inductee (1989), two-time ECAC Hockey Coach of the Year (1996, ’98) and New England Hockey Writers Coach of the Year (1998).
Originally published at https://www.collegehockeynews.com/news/2019/01/06_One-Time-Dartmouth-Coach.php