Buffalo, NY – Brian Cavanaugh, Director of Athletics at D’Youville College, was honored by Canisius College on Saturday, February 20th as an inductee of the 2016 Canisius Sports Hall of Fame.
Cavanaugh served as Canisius’ head hockey coach for 24 seasons and was the first varsity head coach in the school’s history. With a 341-306-57 record in his 24 seasons behind the bench, Cavanaugh is the winningest coach in program history and led the team with 15 winning seasons. With Brian at the helm, Canisius was able to elevate the program from Division III to Division I before the 1998-99 season.
In 1996, Cavanaugh led the team to the ECAC West Championship final. Over his career, Brian led the team to 16 postseason appearances. The team reached the MAAC Hockey League Championship in their first season at the Division I level in 1998-99.
Cavanaugh graduated from the State University at Brockport with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education and Health Education. He then went on at Brockport to get his Masters of Science in Education with a concentration in Sports Psychology. While at SUNY Brockport, Cavanaugh played four years of varsity hockey for the Golden Eagles.
Throughout his career, Brian has accomplished a bevy of awards. As a player, Brian was named SUNY Brockport’s MVP from 1972-1975. As a coach, he was named 1981-1982 International Collegiate Hockey League Coach of the Year and the 1986-1987 ECAC West Coach of the Year.
Before being named head coach in 1980, Cavanaugh had several jobs within Canisius. He was a Physical Education Professor (1987-1999), Director of Intramural Programs (1987-1989), Director of Student Center (1983-1986) and the assistant to the Executive Vice President (1982-1983).
The 2016 Class of Canisius College Sports Hall of Fame inductees were honored at an “Induction Lunch” on Saturday, February 20th in the Montante Cultural Center on Canisius’ campus. The event was attended by Brian’s family and former players, including fellow inductee and his former player Ryan Stewart. Stewart was a two-time team captain and MVP and currently is the Director of Pro Scouting for the Chicago Blackhawks.
All of the inductees were officially inducted in the ceremony at the men’s basketball game on Saturday. Before the men’s hockey game at Harbor Center, Cavanaugh and Stewart were honored for their contributions to the hockey program.
Currently, Cavanaugh serves as the Director of Athletics at D’Youville College. Brian has been at D’Youville since 2006 and has expanded the athletic department to 14 varsity sports with over 200 student-athletes. His reach in Buffalo sports has also spread to the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame, including being on the Board of Directors from 2003-2005 and President from 2009-2012.