Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Who will be MTU's new head coach?
Commentary by MiCHO Staff
Who will replace Jamie Russell behind the Michigan Tech bench?
Early reports had the Huskies and University of Michigan assistant coach Mel Pearson agreeing on terms to make Pearson the 22nd head coach for the school.
Pearson is part of the Husky family, having played for MTU from 1977-1981.
His most famous goal was in the 1979 Great Lakes Invitational versus Michigan in the longest game in tournament history when Pearson had the game-winning goal in triple overtime.
At Michigan, Pearson had been behind the bench under Red Berenson for 21 years, all of which saw the Wolverines make the NCAA Tournament.
One MiCHO source said a press conference scheduled for today in Houghton had been cancelled.
Did Pearson get cold feet?
MiCHO sources also suggested Nebraska-Omaha head coach Dean Blais was offered the position and one source indicated former Wayne State and Western Michigan bench boss Bill Wilkinson may be in the running. Yet another source said Adrian coach and former Bowling Green assistant Ron Fogarty was on a short list of potential names.
As always, we will keep our readers up to date with any pertinent (and hopefully, official) news as it relates to the vacant MTU head coaching gig.