WORCESTER, Mass. – Holy Cross and head men's ice hockey coach Paul Pearl have agreed to a new five-year contract, it was announced by athletic director Richard M. Regan, Jr. The deal will keep Pearl as the head coach of the Crusader men's ice hockey program through the 2016-2017 season. "Paul is one of the best coaches we've had at Holy Cross during my time here," said Regan. "He contributes in so many different ways. Paul's teams are always competitive and reach the high academic standards of the college. I'm very happy to have Paul here."
"I am very thankful to Mr. Regan and Fr. Boroughs for their continued support and confidence in our hockey program," said Pearl. "We are recruiting and graduating great student-athletes and I am happy that I can be part of that for at least another five years."
Pearl will be in his 18th year at the helm of the Holy Cross men's ice hockey team in 2012-2013. He owns an overall record of 263-257-63 during his time with the Crusaders, and is the all-time winningest coach in the history of the program. A two-time Atlantic Hockey Coach of the Year selection (in 2004 and 2011), Pearl has been the man behind the bench during eight of the 10 most successful seasons in Holy Cross history, while he has had four teams post 20-win seasons. He led the Crusaders to their first two NCAA Tournament appearances in 2003-2004 and 2005-2006, while he coached the team to its first ever NCAA Tournament win with a 4-3 overtime victory over Minnesota in Grand Forks, N.D., on March 24, 2006.
During each of the last two seasons, Pearl has led Holy Cross to third place finishes in Atlantic Hockey, with the team posting a 20-15-4 mark during the 2011-2012 campaign. In 2005-2006, he led the Crusaders to a school single-season record 27 victories, as the team posted an overall record of 27-10-2. Holy Cross also claimed the Atlantic Hockey regular season and tournament titles.
Pearl's team tallied a 22-10-4 overall record during the 2003-2004 campaign, and also won the league's regular season title. Holy Cross then swept the Atlantic Hockey tournament, and captured two shutout victories en route to the title. In 1998-1999, the Crusaders earned a 22-9-4 mark and the MAAC hockey championship. It was the first time in the school's history that the hockey program won its conference title.