Michigan has hired Red Berenson’s replacement.
Mel Pearson will take over as head coach of the Michigan men’s hockey program. Pearson was an assistant coach with the Wolverines from 1988 to 2011, so he is familiar with the program. He’ll take over for Berenson, who retired earlier this month after 33 years behind the Michigan bench.
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“I am very honored and proud for this opportunity to be the next head coach at Michigan,” Pearson said in a press release. “I am looking forward to continuing to build upon the rich and successful tradition of Michigan hockey.
“I would like to thank President Schlissel, Warde Manuel and my long-time mentor and friend Red Berenson for entrusting me with this opportunity,” added Pearson. “I spent 23 years here and thoroughly enjoyed my time in Ann Arbor. I am excited to be back and am looking forward to meeting the team and getting ready for next season.”
Pearson has been head coach at Michigan Tech for the last six seasons after leaving Ann Arbor. He went 118-92-28 at Michigan Tech and made the NCAA Tournament twice.
“I’m not interested in being good. I’m interested and I want to be great. That’s what we need (at Michigan), greatness,” Pearson said Monday afternoon when he met with reporters.
Michigan went 13-19-3 during the 2016-17 season.