Mel Pearson is Michigan’s new head hockey coach, according to ESPN’s John Buccigross.
— Bucci Mane (@Buccigross) April 23, 2017
He will replace Red Berenson, who retired two weeks ago. Berenson was the Wolverines head coach for 33 years and led the program to two national titles and 11 Frozen Fours.
Pearson is a familiar face around Ann Arbor. He was an assistant for 23 seasons with the Wolverines, serving as an assistant coach from 1988 to 1999, then as associate head coach until 2011. Pearson then left the program to take the head coaching job at his alma mater, Michigan Tech.
The Huskies went 23-15-7 during Pearson’s final season with the team, and he led them to two NCAA Tournament appearances in three seasons. His overall record at Michigan Tech, where he was a two-time WCHA coach of the year, was 118-92-29.
He was tabbed as a frontrunner by many news outlets to replace Berenson when he announced his retirement, and it didn’t take too long for those predictions to come true.