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CC Sports Legend Jerry Carle Passes Away

On Saturday night, former Colorado College football coach and athletic director, Jerry Carle, died at the age of 90. During his time here, Jerry had a tremendous impact on the college.

Jerry began his career at CC in 1948 as an assistant football coach before serving as head football coach from 1957-89. During a career that spanned parts of five decades, Jerry became the winningest coach in the history of Colorado College.  He was inducted into the CC athletics Hall of Fame in 1996 and the Colorado Springs Sports Hall of Fame in 2008.

Jerry Carle played a critical role in building the athletic program at Colorado College. He will be missed.

CC Alumnus to be Nominated Chair of NEH

On Thursday, President Obama announced that he will nominate CC alumnus William “Bro” Adams as Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities. President Adams is currently wrapping up his 14th and final year as Colby College’s 19th president. Previously, he served as president of Bucknell University. Congratulations Bro!

CC Alumni Receive Big Boost from Boomtown Startup Accelerator

Two Colorado College alumni and former student leaders, Ben Quam ’12 and Alex Kronman ’12, were recently selected to participate in a 12-week program from Boomtown, a startup accelerator in Boulder, for their startup company, College Press Club. Roughly 170 companies applied to participate in the inaugural program this year, with only six teams being selected. Each team that was selected received $20,000 in seed money, as well as additional services and perks like the opportunity to get advice and tips from Boomtown’s network of mentors.

College Press Club, according to their website, “makes it dramatically easier to buy and manage ads in college newspapers” by connecting advertisers and student-operated publications.  Congratulations to Alex and Ben!

Building on the Block: Our Progress

Today is our all-campus lunch at which we will update faculty and staff on our progress on implementing our strategic plans. We’ve come a long way since we first presented the Colorado College Plan: Building on the Block last fall.  Thanks to the community’s continued support, we’ve moved forward with a number of our key initiatives. We will continue to keep everyone updated with our progress on the Building on the Block: Progress webpage.

Coach Owens Steps Down

Sunday’s Press Release:

Scott Owens, head ice hockey coach for the Tigers, has announced he will step down from his coaching position effective immediately.

Owens and Athletics Director Ken Ralph agreed upon conclusion of their annual post-season review that it was time for Owens to step down.

“I have been fortunate to have had the best job in college hockey for the past 15 seasons. It is time for a new coach to enjoy working with our players,” Owens said. “I appreciate the support and encouragement I have received during my tenure and I hope the new leader of the team will be treated with the same respect. This is a tremendous institution and I am proud of what we accomplished here. I will always be a Tiger.”

Colorado College President Jill Tiefenthaler expressed her gratitude for CC hockey players’ success in the classroom as well as on the ice.

“The academic achievement of our student athletes always comes first, and under Coach Owens our players were consistently honored for their performance as students,” Tiefenthaler said. “I am grateful to Scott for keeping academics a top priority and supporting our players in their studies.” During Owens’ tenure, 15 players earned WCHA Scholar-Athlete distinction a total of 27 times from 2005-2013. This year, the first for the National Collegiate Hockey Conference, 17 players were named to the NCHC’s inaugural Academic All-Conference Team.

“We are thankful to Coach Owens for his years of dedicated service as our head hockey coach,” said Ken Ralph, CC athletics director. “His accomplishments during this time behind the bench for the Tigers speak for themselves.”

Over previous years with Owens at the helm, the Tigers claimed three regular-season championships in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association and seven appearances in the NCAA tournament, including a trip to the Frozen Four in 2005 and a return to the quarterfinals in 2011. From 2005-06 to 2012-13, the team had 16 All-America selections, and two Hobey Baker Award recipients. Owens’ overall 15-year record at CC is 324-228-54.

Owens, a 1979 graduate of Colorado College who served as goaltender for the Tigers for four years when he was a student, is the longest-tenured coach in the team’s history.

The Tigers finished the 2013-14 season with an overall record of 7-24-6. The season ended March 16 with a 4-3 loss to University of North Dakota in Game 3 of the National Collegiate Hockey Conference’s inaugural first-round playoff series.

Colorado College will immediately initiate a national search for its next head hockey coach.