Tech Hockey Guide has received sufficient information to report that Head Coach Mel Pearson is leaving Michigan Tech to take the Head Coach position at University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. The team met on Sunday to inform the players of his departure. As of this time the press has not been given any official notification from the Michigan Tech Athletic Department.
Pearson leaves Tech as the second-winningest coach in school history, with a record of 118-92-29. Under his tenure, the Huskies made won the Great Lakes Invitational (2012), the MacNaughton Cup (2016), the Broadmoor Trophy (2017) and made two appearances in the NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Tournament (2015 and 2017).
Per the terms of his contract, Pearson owes the team $250k as compensation for "liquidated damages arising from the early resignation", and forfeits $25k in deferred compensation that was due to be paid on June 1, 2017. No indications have yet been made on who the next Head Coach will be.
While we are sad to see Coach Pearson leave Michigan Tech, we are thrilled with the success he has brought to Houghton and fully expect Suzanne Sanregret and MTU to find a replacement capable of building on this success and taking the Huskies to the next level.
Cover image from Jan. 6, 2017 against Notre Dame credit Ryan Johnson.