Red Berenson, two-time national championship coach, is retiring after 33 seasons as head coach of Michigan. A news conference has been scheduled for 4:30 p.m. (ET) today.
Berenson, 77, retires with 848 career wins, which is fourth all-time. He led the Wolverines to national titles in 1996 and 1998, and 23 NCAA tournament appearances all together, including 22 straight from 1991 to 2012, the longest streak of any team ever. His teams also made 11 Frozen Fours, including a loss in the 2011 championship game, and produced 73 future NHL players.
“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. “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 considered stepping down last year, after a 25-win season and a return to the NCAAs. But he decided that he wanted to give new athletic director Warde Manual time to settle into the job. After losing four blue-chip underclassmen last offseason, including Zach Werenski and Hobey Baker Award finalist Kyle Connor, the Wolverines went 13-19-3 this past season and lost in the first round of the Big Ten tournament.--
Mike McMahon has covered Merrimack College for The Eagle Tribune since 2006 and he also has been a senior writer at College Hockey News since 2005.
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