2008-2009 is Paul Pearl's 14th season at the helm of the HolyCross ice hockey program, and is just the fifth head coach in thehistory of ice hockey at Holy Cross. On January 21, 2006, with a3-2 victory at Dartmouth, Pearl became the school's all-timewinningest coach with the 168th victory of his career. Pearl hasforged a 201-187-43 record at Holy Cross over 13 years and has beenthe man behind the bench in seven of the nine most successfulseasons in Holy Cross history, while he has had three teams post20-plus win seasons. Along with 12 post-season appearances in 13years, Pearl led the Crusaders to their first two NCAA Tournamentappearances in 2003-04 and 2005-06, while he coached the Crusadersto their first ever NCAA Tournament win with the 4-3 overtimevictory over Minnesota in Grand Forks, N.D., on March 24, 2006. In2005-06, Pearl led the Crusaders to a school single season record27 victories, as the team posted an overall record of 27-10-2. HolyCross also claimed the Atlantic Hockey regular season andtournament titles. During the 2003-2004 campaign, the Crusaderstallied a 22-10-4 overall record. Holy Cross swept the AtlanticHockey tournament, and captured two shutout victories en route tothe Championship Title, including the 5-0 playoff win versusAmerican International (3/13/04) and in the 4-0 championship gamewin over Sacred Heart (3/20/04). In 1998-99, the Crusaders earned a22-9-4 mark and the MAAC Hockey Championship. It was the first timein the school's history that the hockey program won its conferencechampionship. In Pearl's first season (1994-95), he inherited ateam that had one winning season in its eight previous years. Heguided the squad to a 15-10 record, including an 11-4 mark at theHart Center and an ECAC Tournament berth. Over the years, Pearl hascoached several talented athletes, including 1999 MAAC Goalie ofthe Year Scott Simpson, 2002 MAAC Offensive Player of the Year andcurrent New York Ranger Patrick Rissmiller, 2003-04 Atlantic HockeyDefensive Forward of Year Greg Kealey, 2003-04 Atlantic HockeyIndividual Sportsmanship honoree Tim Coskren and 2005-06All-American Tyler McGregor, Holy Cross' Division I all-time pointsleader James Sixsmith and the 2006-07 Atlantic Hockey Defenseman ofthe Year Jon Landry. Not only have Pearl's athletes receivednumerous accolades, but the coach himself has been earned severalhonors, such as the 2003-04 Atlantic Hockey Coach of the Yearaward, the 2001-02 MAAC Coach of the Year award, the 1997-98 ECACEast Coach of the Year award and the 1997-98 New England HockeyWriters Coach of Year honors. Pearl also served Holy Cross in thecapacity of baseball coach from 1998-2001. He coached the first twoteams to ever reach the Patriot League baseball playoffs at HolyCross and was twice named Patriot League Coach of the Year. A 1989graduate of Holy Cross, Pearl served as an assistant coach at theUniversity of Connecticut from 1992-94. While at Connecticut, Pearlhelped lead the Huskies to an impressive mark of 34-15-5 and a pairof ECAC Tournament appearances. Pearl also served as assistantcoach at Brown University, gaining valuable recruiting experiencein the United States and Canada. Prior to serving as an assistantat Connecticut, Pearl directed the ice hockey program at thePortsmouth Abbey School in Portsmouth, R.I. for two seasons. Heworks extensively with USA Hockey in the Massachusetts Satelliteprogram and has served as assistant coach several times, includingthe Massachusetts Select 17 squad that captured gold at the St.Cloud Festival in Minnesota. As a four-year letterwinner for theCrusaders, he played in 125 games as a defenseman, tallying 14goals and 63 assists. Pearl led Holy Cross with 25 assists as asenior captain on the 1988-89 squad. During his four-yearplaying-career, Holy Cross won 63 games and qualified for the ECACEast Tournament twice. Paul and his wife Karen have two children,Robert and Katheryn. They reside in Wakefield, Mass.