Boston University introduces Albie O’Connell as new hockey coach

The program will maintain the Terrier lineage by promoting Albie O’Connell, a former captain and associate head coach.

Albie O’Connell, center, poses with Boston University president Roger Brown, left, and athletic director Drew Marrochello at his introductory press conference as the school’s new hockey coach. –Mia Berry/Globe photo

The Boston University hockey program will maintain the Terrier lineage by promoting former captain and associate head coach Albie O’Connell to replace David Quinn — who departed for the New York Rangers two weeks ago.

The two-week search for the program’s 12th head coach drew overwhelming interest, according to Boston University athletic director Drew Marrochello, but the administration ultimately decided that O’Connell was the best candidate for the job.

While briefly discussing the school’s extensive interview process, Marrochello and administrators saw O’Connell as a potential front-runner all along.

“Albie was the first person I spoke with. And after speaking with other candidates, I found myself not comparing them with David Quinn, but comparing them more and more with Albie O’Connell,’’ said Marrochello. “It’s clear that the best fit and the best coach for Boston University is Albie O’Connell.’’