April 20, 2005
WORCESTER, Mass. - Peter Van Buskirk has stepped down from his position as the Director of the Hart Center for the Holy Cross Athletic Department, in order to devote all of his time to his duties as the head coach of the Crusaders' women's ice hockey team. Director of Athletics Richard M. Regan, Jr., made the announcement, and has also appointed current Holy Cross head softball coach Bob Neville as the new Hart Center Director, as of July 1.
"The women's ice hockey program has come a long way in just six years of varsity status," said Regan. "However, we want to continue to build the program, and it is clear that in order to do this it will require a coach whose full-time attention is devoted to women's ice hockey. Peter Van Buskirk is one of the best hockey minds in the business. By focusing all of his attention on the ice hockey program, I am confident we will be able to take it to a higher level."
Van Buskirk owns a record of 58-60-7 in five seasons as head coach of the women's ice hockey team. During the 2002-2003 season, he led the Crusaders to a 17-7-1 overall record and the ECAC Championship title in only their fourth year as a varsity team. Van Buskirk also spent 10 seasons as Holy Cross' head men's ice hockey coach, compiling an overall record of 167-146-8, and eight years as an assistant men's ice hockey coach.