PRINCETON (6/17/14) – Ron Fogarty, who leads all active NCAA coaches in win percentage, has been named the head men’s hockey coach at Princeton University. Fogarty has spent the past seven seasons as head coach at NCAA Division III Adrian College (Adrian, Mich.).
Fogarty will be introduced at a press conference on Tuesday, June 17 at 3 p.m. The press conference will be video streamed live on the Ivy League Digital Network.
“I am thrilled to have Ron join our distinguished team of coaches at Princeton,” Mollie Marcoux ’91, incoming Ford Family Director of Athletics said. “Ron is an accomplished coach with a proven track record of success, both as a player, assistant coach and head coach. I am confident that he will provide the knowledge, experience and creative leadership needed for our program to thrive on an Ivy, ECAC and national level. Ron also brings to Princeton an appreciation of the demands of being a high-level student-athlete and will work hard to help provide our players with a first-rate experience, on and off the ice.”
“On behalf of Princeton and Princeton ice hockey, we are delighted that Ron Fogarty has accepted the challenge of leading our program, coaching our student-athletes and focusing on making Hobey Baker proud again,” Gary Walters ’67, outgoing Ford Family Director of Athletics said. “The Princeton community looks forward to welcoming Ron, his wife Monica and their three children Jordan, Rachel and Emma.”
Fogarty began the program at Adrian and has since grown it into a powerhouse. In seven years, he posted a 167-23-10 record. The Bulldogs have competed in the NCAA tournament four times in the last five years and was the national runner-up in 2010-11, losing 4-3 in the national championship game. The Bulldogs won six regular-season titles competing in the Northern College Hockey Association (formerly Midwest Collegiate Hockey Association), and won five Harris Cup playoff championships.
“It was an honor to be considered for this position and now a privilege to be named the head coach of the Princeton hockey program,” Fogarty said. “With great enthusiasm, I look forward to building a program that will consistently compete for Ivy League and ECAC championships. Our players will be recognized for excellence in the classroom, ambassadors for the University in the community and relentless competitors on the ice.”
“Thank you to search committee for entrusting me with the hockey program. I am excited to connect with the alumni, our fan base, and the Princeton community. My primary task is to develop relationships with the current players and incoming freshmen.”
Fogarty led the Bulldogs to unprecedented success as they set an NCAA single-season record for wins by a first-year program at 26-3 in 2007-08. Fogarty’s success at Adrian continued, as the program became the fastest hockey program to reach the NCAA tournament and 100 wins. To his credit, Fogarty was named the MCHA Coach of the Year three times and was a four-time finalist for national coach of the year. Academically, the Bulldogs had a combined team GPA of 3.00 or greater in all seven years.
A 1995 graduate of Colgate University, Fogarty is no stranger to the ECAC. As a four-year right winger on the hockey team, he was named to the 1992 ECAC All-Rookie Team, and was a member of Raiders first three seasons under Don Vaughan. As a senior captain at Colgate in 1995, he helped Vaughan to his first 20-win season while earning the Coaches Award and the Terry Slater Award. After playing in the ECAC All-Star game following the completion of his senior season, Fogarty left Colgate ranked 20th on the all-time scoring list with 141 points.
"Ron has worked very hard to get to this level in his coaching career,” Vaughan said. “I can't think of anyone more deserving of this opportunity. He has great positive energy, is very hard working and possesses a creative hockey mind. He is innovative in his approach to the game and perhaps most importantly his experience as both a player and assistant coach in ECAC Hockey will serve him well. In short, he knows exactly the kind of student athlete who will succeed at Princeton both on the ice and in the classroom. I am very happy for Ron, his wife Monica and their family and welcome them back to ECAC Hockey."
Fogarty’s coaching career began shortly thereafter, staying on at Colgate as an assistant coach for three years (1996-99). In 1999, he joined the hockey staff at Clarkson and remained with the Green & Gold through the end of the 2001-02 season. From 2002-06 Fogarty was an assistant coach at Bowling Green. In all, Fogarty coached and/or recruited four Hobey Baker finalists, three All-Americas, eight conference all-stars, four all-rookie selections and nine NHL players (Colgate - Andy McDonald, Cory Murphy; Clarkson- Randy Jones, Erik Cole; Bowling Green- Jordan Sigalet, Jonathan Sigalet, Kevin Bieksa, Jon Matsumoto).
Fogarty first got a taste for coaching during the summers between his sophomore and junior, and junior and senior years at Colgate. He was the Bluewater Sharks Bantam AAA coach in his hometown of Sarnia, Ontario. During his two summers he compiled a 57-19-3 record and was named Coach of the Year after one season.
His professional hockey experience started with the Toledo Storm (ECHL) in 1995 and led to a stint with the Memphis River Kings (CHL) in 1995-96.