Michigan Hockey names Mel Pearson as head coach after Berenson retires

Michigan Hockey names Mel Pearson as head coach after Berenson retires
Posted at 10:24 AM, Apr 24, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-24 15:01:40-04

Michigan Hockey has named Mel Pearson as the team's new head coach, taking over for Red Berenson who retired after 33 seasons earlier this month.

Pearson been the head coach for Michigan Tech over the past six seasons. Before that, he was an assistant coach at Michigan under Berenson for 23 seasons so he is familiar with the program.

"I am very honored and proud for this opportunity to be the next head coach at Michigan," Pearson in a release. "I am looking forward to continuing to build upon the rich and successful tradition of Michigan hockey.

"I am thrilled to select Mel to lead our hockey program and for him to return home to U-M following tremendous success in leading the Michigan Tech program," Athletic Director Warde Manuel said in a release. "I've known Mel for years and experienced his leadership ability when I was the sport administrator for hockey and he was an assistant under Red (Berenson).

Pearson has led the Huskies to two NCAA Tournament appearances in the past three years and also won a WCHA regular-season title and championship. He also got the team their first No. 1 national ranking in 2014.

He was given two WCHA Coach of the Year awards at Michigan Tech and also won the Terry Flanagan Award from the American Hockey Coaches Association in 1999-2000 with Michigan.

The Manitoba-native played four years at Michigan Tech before joining the team as an assistant coach.