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Terry Meagher to Receive Alumni Award for Faculty and Staff

Story posted February 08, 2008

Throughout his career, Sidney J. Watson Coach, Men's Ice Hockey and Associate Director of Athletics Terry Meagher and his dedication have inspired not only his athletes, but his colleagues and others in the Bowdoin community as well.

For his enthusiastic and ongoing commitment, the Alumni Council has chosen Meagher to receive the 2008 Alumni Award for Faculty and Staff, presented each year for service and devotion to Bowdoin, recognizing that the College in a larger sense includes both students and alumni.

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Terry Meagher

"Bowdoin is a wonderfully fulfilling place to be in your professional life and the interaction with our students is one of the most rewarding aspects of our work," Meagher said.

"If the Athletic Department had a 'Dean' it would undoubtedly be Terry Meagher," said Sports Information Director Jim Caton.

"His coaching accomplishments behind the bench of the men's ice hockey team are only exceeded by his leadership ability off the ice. Known across campus as simply 'Coach,' he is a dynamic member of numerous committees and an active participant in the college community. Most importantly, Terry has been a trusted friend, colleague and mentor to dozens of faculty and staff members at Bowdoin over the past three decades."

"Terry Meagher is a wonderful teacher," said Ashmead White Director of Athletics Jeff Ward. "It's been a privilege to have an insider's view as he supports and prods his players in all areas of their Bowdoin lives. Terry has won many, many games, but his biggest victories have come in the game of life. His impact on his students lasts forever."

During his time in Brunswick, Meagher has made eight appearances in the Championship game of the ECAC East tournament, winning two titles (1986, 1993).

In 1996, Meagher guided the Polar Bears to their first-ever appearance in the eight-team NCAA Division III National Tournament and repeated the performance with his 2001-02 squad. Bowdoin has also qualified for the NESCAC postseason every year of its existence. In addition, he has led the Polar Bears to the NESCAC Championship Game in each of the past three years.

Several All-Americans have played for Meagher in his time at Bowdoin, including Jean Roy (Class of 1984) who was a Hobey Baker Award Finalist — placing him in the top 10 players in the country including all divisions. Meagher has been honored by the New England Hockey Writers Association as its Division II-III New England Coach of the Year three times. In both 1986 and 1989, he was presented with the Edward Jeremiah Memorial Trophy, which is awarded by the American Hockey Coaches Association to the National College Division Coach of the year.

Meagher earned a bachelor's degree from Boston University and a master's degree from Illinois State University. While playing for Boston University's hockey team, Meagher made three trips to the NCAA Division I Final Four. During his senior year, he was voted ECAC Tournament Most Valuable Player and the team's most valuable player after leading the team in scoring. That same year, he also won BU's distinguished Scholar-Athlete award.

In his time at Bowdoin, Meagher has also coached men's lacrosse, men's soccer and softball. He also served for more than 10 years with the American Hockey Coaches' Association, where he also served a term as president of the organization.

The Alumni Award for Faculty and Staff will be presented Saturday, May 31, 2008, during Reunion Convocation.

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