COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Scott Paluch (Chicago, Ill.), a regional manager for USA Hockey's American Development Model, has been selected to enter Bowling Green State University's Athletics Hall of Fame. The induction event will take place on Saturday (Oct. 26).
Paluch was the head coach at Bowling Green for seven season (2002-09), where he compiled an 84-156-23 record. Under Paluch's guidance, the Falcons hosted a pair of first-round Central Collegiate Hockey Association playoff series (2004-05, 2007-08), with the 2004-05 campaign marking the program's first CCHA home playoff series in a decade.
Before taking the head-coaching job at Bowling Green, Paluch was an assistant coach at Boston College for eight seasons (1995-02). While with the Eagles, he helped string together a stretch of four straight National Collegiate Athletic Association Frozen Four appearances (1997-01), a run that was capped with an NCAA Division I National Championship in 2001. Paluch started his coaching career at his alma mater when he joined the Falcon staff as an assistant coach in 1990, a position he held until the end of the 1993-94 season.
As a player, Paluch patrolled the Bowling Green blue line from 1984-88, graduating as the school's all-time leading scorer among defensemen. His decorated collegiate career culminated in 1987-88, when he garnered All-America First Team, All-CCHA First Team and CCHA Tournament MVP honors while leading the Falcons to the program's first CCHA Tournament title. Paluch went on to play two seasons of professional hockey in the International Hockey League.
Internationally, the 2008 Illinois Hall of Fame inductee has represented the United States on several occasions in numerous capacities. He served as the head coach of the 2001 U.S. Under-17 Select Team that competed in the Under-17 Four Nations Tournament in Prievidza, Slovakia, and was an assistant coach for the U.S. Under-18 Select Team that took part in the 2000 Under-18 Four Nations Tournament in Kezmarok, Slovakia. Paluch also played internationally for the United States, helping the U.S. National Junior Team to a bronze medal at the 1986 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship in Hamilton, Ont.