Mel Pearson no longer Michigan Wolverines’ hockey coach

Mel Pearson, Michigan’s hockey coach the last five seasons, will not have his contract extended and has been relieved of his position, the university’s athletic department announced Friday.

This comes just days following the revelation of allegations made against Pearson and “cultural issues” identified in the program that “require attention” in a 70-page report from Washington DC-based WilmerHale law firm. The report, obtained Tuesday by The Detroit News, was given to Michigan athletic director Warde Manuel on May 5.

Pearson’s original five-year contract expired at the end of Apriljust more than three weeks after he had taken his team to the NCAA Frozen Four. Pearson, 63, has been the head coach of Michigan’s hockey program since 2017, taking the program to two Frozen Four appearances, and continued to work as what Michigan described as “an at-will employee” the last three months in this role despite not having a new contract.

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