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Michigan men's hockey names interim replacement for fired head coach Mel Pearson

Michigan on Sunday announced that it will turn to a familiar face to lead its men’s hockey program on an interim basis following the sudden firing of head coach Mel Pearson. Brandon Naurato, who joined the Wolverines as an assistant prior to the 2021-22 season after serving in a player development role with the Detroit Red Wings, has been named the team’s interim head coach. A forward with the Maize and Blue from 2005-2009, Naurato was a member of the 2007-08 squad that advanced to the Frozen Four.
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Michigan hockey names Brandon Naurato interim head coach, replacing Mel Pearson

Michigan athletics named Brandon Naurato as the interim head coach for the hockey program on Sunday. Naurato spent last season as an assistant under U-M coach Mel Pearson. The school announced Friday that Pearson would not be retained after a report by the law firm WilmerHale concluded that Pearson lied to investigators and helped foster a toxic culture within the program.

Mel Pearson officially removed as Michigan hockey coach

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Three months after an investigation into the Michigan hockey program recommended that the University leadership “take steps to address a number of issues,” Mel Pearson was removed from his position as the program's head coach, U-M announced. "It has been determined that Mel...

Michigan men's hockey coach Mel Pearson let go following investigation into treatment of staff, players

The decision comes after approximately three months after Pearson's contract expired, in early May. "A third-party investigative report into Pearson and his program raised serious allegations, including that Pearson forced a former team captain out of the program, directed players to lie on COVID-19 contact-tracing forms, provided accounts to investigators that were deemed 'not credible' and oversaw a program in which there was 'mistreatment of female staff members' and 'pervasive fear' about retaliation amongst both players and staff members," Katie Strang of The Athletic wrote. "Additionally, an anonymous culture survey that was administered to the program in May 2021 revealed that respondents raised concerns about Pearson berating and belittling staffers, and singling out players inappropriately, including, in one alleged instance, calling a player a 'Jew.'"

The Mel Pearson situation is a dumpster fire

For those not in the know, Michigan hockey has been under investigation for the last several months, over allegations of a toxic culture, dishonesty, sexism, and complacency, to name a few things. Now, this could all be settled tomorrow, or Saturday, or early next week, but the more this investigation...

Mel Pearson reportedly fired by Michigan following investigation

Mel Pearson is reportedly out as head coach of Michigan’s men’s hockey team. According to reporter John U. Bacon, Michigan terminated Pearson’s employment on Friday. An investigation into Pearson’s hockey program was recently completed. The investigation into the Wolverine program revealed allegations of sexual or gender-based...

Mel Pearson out as University of Michigan men's hockey coach

Mel Pearson is no longer the University of Michigan men's hockey coach, after the school declined to renew his contract. Pearson had been under pressure and scrutiny throughout the 2021-22 season after rumors swirled and complaints were made from multiple sources, including former players. During the season, a formal complaint was filed and the hockey program was undergoing an investigation. University of Michigan athletic director Warde Manuel had been meeting with the Board of Regents this week about the renewal of Pearson's contract.

University Of Michigan parts ways with Mel Pearson

The University of Michigan hockey program announced Friday that the school has decided to move on from head coach Mel Pearson after multiple third-party allegations of mistreatment surfaced against the coach, as reported on by The Athletic’s Katie Strang. University of Michigan athletic director Warde Manuel gave the following...
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Mel Pearson will not return as Michigan's hockey coach

Mel Pearson, Michigan's hockey coach for the last five seasons, has been relieved of his position, the university's athletic department announced Friday, just days after a public revelation that a wide range of allegations had been made against him. A 70-page report from Washington, D.C.-based WilmerHale law firm detailed the...

Michigan AD Wanted To Extend Hockey Coach Mel Pearson Despite Misconduct Findings

Even after an independent third-party firm found that Mel Pearson retaliated against players who raised concerns about issues within Michigan's hockey program, encouraged players to violate COVID-19 protocols, allowed for a toxic workplace against women, called a player a "Jew," and lied to the firm investigating him and his program, Michigan athletic director Warde Manuel wanted to extend Pearson's contract.

Michigan cuts ties with embattled hockey coach Mel Pearson

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan has cut ties with hockey coach Mel Pearson. Athletic director Warde Manuel said Friday the decision "has been weighed heavily and for some time.'' Pearson's contract expired after last season, and he had been an at-will employee, pending a review of the program.