April 15, 2005
Poulin Resigns at Notre Dame

Dave Poulin led Notre Dame to the school's first NCAA Tournament appearance in 2004.

After 10 seasons as head coach at his alma mater, Notre Dame’s Dave Poulin is stepping down to assume another position in the University’s athletic department.

Poulin told his team this morning that he’s moving on to become special assistant to the senior associate athletic director for athletic development. One of his new duties is enticing donors to contribute to a project that would fund the renovation of the Fighting Irish’s current hockey facility, the Joyce Center Fieldhouse.

"I'm very excited about the challenge ahead of me,” Poulin said in a prepared statement. “I'm looking forward to being a big part of Notre Dame's future."

Poulin compiled a 139-197-50 (.425) record behind the Fighting Irish bench, and ranks second behind Lefty Smith on the school's all-time wins list. He also guided the Irish to Joe Louis Arena for the CCHA tournament four times in the last six seasons.

In 2003-04, Poulin led the team to a 20-15-4 record – its best showing since 1987-88 – and Notre Dame earned an NCAA Tournament berth for the first time in the program’s 37-year history. The Fighting Irish struggled to build on that success, however. They finished last in the CCHA this past season, posting a 5-27-6 overall mark and a 3-20-5 record in conference play.

"Coaching hockey brought me to Notre Dame – and it has been tremendous both for me and my family,” Poulin said. “What stand out for me are the players I've coached and the relationships I've had.”

A 1982 graduate of Notre Dame, the Timmins, Ont., native ranks sixth on the school’s all-time scoring list with 196 points in 135 games. After leaving the Irish, he embarked on a 13-year National Hockey League career with Philadelphia, Boston and Washington, winning the league’s Frank Selke Trophy (top defensive forward) in 1987 and the King Clancy Trophy (leadership on and off the ice) in 1993. Last year, Poulin was inducted into the Philadelphia Flyers’ Hall of Fame.

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