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June-July 2017

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24 THE WOLVERINE JUNE/JULY 2017 BY BOB MILLER M el Pearson parlayed pa- tience and an excellent and lengthy track record of coaching success to land his dream job, head coach of Michigan's hockey team. Michigan announced the hiring of Pearson April 24 to replace his men- tor, legendary head coach Red Beren- son, after Berenson had stepped down from the position two weeks earlier. "I'm very honored and very privi- leged, excited, to be back at the Uni- versity of Michigan," Pearson said at the press conference at the Junge Family Center to announce his ap- pointment. "When I was a young as- WELCOME BACK Red Berenson Disciple Mel Pearson Takes Over Michigan Hockey From His Mentor After coaching as a Michigan assistant from 1988-2011, Pearson returned to lead his alma mater, Michigan Tech, where he went 118-92-29 in six years as the head coach, winning a WCHA regular-season championship and conference tournament title. PHOTO COURTESY MICHIGAN ATHLETIC MEDIA RELATIONS

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