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Better deal changed coach’s mind

May 11, 2011 - Burt Angeli
Let’s see if we can read between the lines on Michigan Tech naming a new hockey coach.

Mel Pearson, a long-time University of Michigan associate head coach and former Huskies player and assistant coach, inititally turned down the job.

“I was considered for the job (early) and it didn’t work out,” Pearson said. “At that time so many things were going on, we had just gone through such a tough loss (in the national championship), emotionally I wasn’t in a great place.

“It didn’t work out but the door was left open a little crack, and we touched base again and things progressed from there.”

After Pearson changed his mind and accepted the job, Michigan Tech president Glenn Mroz expressed gratitude “for the financial support of alumni who partnered with us to make it possible to bring Mel to Tech.”

Sounds like Tech sweetened the deal after Pearson said no.

Pearson becomes the 21st head hockey coach in Michigan Tech history. Good luck!



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