May 16, 2014

Head Men's Ice Hockey Coach Paul Pearl Resigns

WORCESTER, Mass. – Holy Cross head men's ice hockey coach Paul Pearl has announced his resignation, in order to accept a coaching position at another institution. Pearl has served as the Crusaders' head coach for 19 of the last 20 years, posting an overall record of 297-293-69 and a 236-188-60 mark in conference play. He led the Crusaders to two Atlantic Hockey Association championships, one Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference title and two trips to the NCAA Tournament (in 2004 and 2006). Pearl was behind the bench in 2006 when Holy Cross upset Minnesota 4-3 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

"I am saddened to see coach Pearl go, as he has been a big part of this great institution both as a student-athlete and a coach," said director of athletics Nathan Pine. "But we support Paul and his family in this decision and wish him continued success. The foundation that he has laid at Holy Cross positions us very well as we begin our national search for his successor, to continue the advancement of Holy Cross hockey."

The all-time winningest coach in Holy Cross history, Pearl was named the Atlantic Hockey Coach of the Year in 2004 and 2011, the MAAC Coach of the Year in 2002, the New England Writers' Association Coach of the Year in 1998 and the ECAC East Coach of the Year in 1998. The Crusaders finished with a winning record in 11 of Pearl's 19 years at the helm, including five 20-win seasons. The 2005-2006 team posted a 27-10-2 mark, to break the school single-season record for victories.

Pearl is a 1989 graduate of Holy Cross, and was a four-year letterwinner for the Crusaders in both ice hockey and baseball. He also spent three years as Holy Cross' head baseball coach from 1999-2001, posting an overall record of 46-76-1 and twice earning Patriot League Coach of the Year honors (in 1999 and 2001).

Holy Cross will immediately commence a national search for Pearl's replacement.

 

PAUL PEARL'S HOLY CROSS COACHING RECORD
              ————Overall————       ————————Conference————————
Season           W-L-T    Pct.        W-L-T    Pct.    Place      Postseason Appearances
1994-1995      15-10-0    .600       10-7-0    .588    Seventh
1995-1996      13-11-2    .538        9-8-2    .526    11th     
1997-1998       16-8-2    .654       13-4-2    .737    Third
1998-1999       22-9-4    .686       19-6-3    .732    Second
1999-2000       8-24-3    .271       8-16-3    .352    Seventh
2000-2001       8-22-2    .281       8-16-2    .346    Ninth    
2001-2002      17-12-5    .574       14-7-5    .635    Third
2002-2003      17-18-1    .486      14-11-1    .558    Third
2003-2004      22-10-4    .667       17-4-3    .771    First       NCAA First Round
2004-2005      16-14-6    .528       12-7-5    .604    Fourth   
2005-2006      27-10-2    .718       19-7-2    .714    First       NCAA Quarterfinals
2006-2007      10-20-5    .357       9-14-5    .411    Sixth    
2007-2008      10-19-7    .375       9-15-4    .393    Ninth    
2008-2009      13-20-5    .408      10-15-3    .411    Seventh  
2009-2010      12-19-6    .405      10-13-5    .446    Seventh  
2010-2011      17-16-5    .513       14-8-5    .611    Third    
2011-2012      20-15-4    .564       15-8-4    .630    Third    
2012-2013      20-14-3    .581       15-9-3    .611    Third    
2013-2014      14-22-3    .397      11-13-3    .463    Seventh  
19 Seasons  297-293-69    .503   236-188-60    .550    ——          Two NCAAs