WORCESTER, Mass. - Director of Athletics, Richard M. Regan, Jr. announced today that Holy Cross and head men's hockey coach Paul Pearl agreed to a three-year contract extension. "I am happy that Paul has committed his future to Holy Cross," said Regan. "His values are entirely consistent with those of the College. He continues to maintain a competitive hockey program in an increasingly competitive environment, and at the same time his players graduate and make academic progress as well as any in the country."
"I want to thank Mr. Regan and Fr. McFarland for this great opportunity," said Pearl. "Holy Cross is a special place for me and my family and we love being a part of it. The future is very bright for our hockey program and I am honored to be able to lead it."
Pearl is in his 15th year at the helm of the Holy Cross men's hockey program, and is just the fifth head coach in the history of men's hockey at Holy Cross. On January 21, 2006, with a 3-2 victory at Dartmouth, Pearl became the school's all-time winningest coach with the 168th victory of his career. Pearl has forged a 225-224-54 (.501) record at Holy Cross and has been the man behind the bench in seven of the nine most successful seasons in Holy Cross history, while he has had three teams post 20-plus win seasons. Along with 14 post-season appearances in 15 years, Pearl led the Crusaders to their first two NCAA Tournament appearances in 2003-2004 and 2005-2006, while he coached the Crusaders to their first ever NCAA Tournament win with the 4-3 overtime victory over Minnesota in Grand Forks, N.D., on March 24, 2006.
In 2005-2006, Pearl 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. During the 2003-2004 campaign, the Crusaders tallied a 22-10-4 overall record 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 championship.
Holy Cross will play against American International in the 2010 Atlantic Hockey Tournament first round at the Hart Center on Friday, March 5, at 7:00 p.m.