The Michigan hockey team will have a new face on the bench for the first time in 33 seasons.
Legendary hockey coach Red Berenson announced on Monday that he will retire from the program but will remain with the university as a special advisor to Athletic Director Warde Manuel.
"I've thought about this for a long time and I think this is the right time and it's the right thing to do for the Michigan hockey program," Berenson said in a statement. "My heart will always be at Michigan and I look forward to the team taking the next step and making me proud as a former coach."
Berenson finished his coaching career with a record 848-426-92 and won two national championships (1996 and 1998) during his 33-year career tenure. His accomplishments as coach will include him in the conversation of the greatest hockey coaches of all time.
"Red Berenson is a legendary figure at the University of Michigan as well as in our ice hockey history," Manuel said in a statement. "Throughout his career, Red has focused on the academic and athletic success of the young men who have come through our program while shaping the sport as we know it today. He has developed an astounding 73 NHL players but, more importantly, he has positively impacted hundreds of young men. We are forever grateful for his contributions to the University of Michigan and I look forward to continuing working with Red for years to come."