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Michigan announces hire of Mel Pearson as next hockey coach

Pearson spent 23 years as an assistant coach under Red Berenson.

Red Berenson's successor will be a familiar face to those close to the program.

The University of Michigan announced on Monday that Mel Pearson has officially been hired as the next coach to lead the U-M hockey program. Person spent 23 seasons behind the Wolverines bench as an assistant coach under former head coach Red Berenson.

"I am very honored and proud for this opportunity to be the next head coach at Michigan," said Pearson in a statement. "I am looking forward to continuing to build upon the rich and successful tradition of Michigan hockey. I would like to thank President (Mark) Schlissel, Warde Manuel and my long-time mentor and friend Red Berenson for entrusting me with this opportunity. 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. Lastly, I would like to thank the former players, alumni and fans that have reached out to me with encouragement."

Pearson spent the previous six seasons as head coach of the Michigan Tech hockey program and finished with an impressive record of 118-92-29.

"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," said athletic director Warde Manuel in a statement. "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). Mel's qualifications are well known throughout the hockey community and reach far beyond his ability to coach. Simply put, I couldn't have selected a finer person to lead our ice hockey program into the future."

He led the Huskies to two NCAA Tournament appearances, a WCHA regular-season title and a GLI championship.

"I think Mel is a great fit for Michigan hockey," former U-M hockey coach Red Berenson said in a statement. "He knows the program well from his time here, and I think he is exactly what Michigan hockey needs to be successful."

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