Northeastern Suspends Men’s Hockey Head Coach Greg Cronin and Assistant Coach Albie O’Connell for Potential NCAA Violations


Northeastern University has indefinitely suspended the men’s ice hockey head coach Greg Cronin and assistant coach Albie O’Connell.

Cronin and O’Connell will sit out upcoming games as a result of the university finding potential NCAA violations during routine internal compliance monitoring.

The violations relate to the recruitment of prospective student-athletes for the men’s hockey team, specifically involving telephone conversations and text messages.

Northeastern immediately reported the findings to its all-sport conference — the Colonial Athletic Association – and is working closely to cooperate with the conference office as the investigations continue, according to a statement released by NU.

"We are taking this action now to reinforce a culture of integrity within our department," director of athletics Peter Roby said in the official statement. "We are committed to operating an athletics program that is reflective of the values of the university we represent. It is imperative that we conduct our activities in full accordance with NCAA and conference rules. We are dedicated to that effort, and we are taking all appropriate steps to ensure that is the case."

Assistant coach Sebastien Laplante will coach the Huskies during the suspensions.

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