Red Berenson announced Monday afternoon that he is retiring after 33 seasons at the helm of the Michigan men’s hockey program; he will remain as a special advisor to Warde Manuel, the Donald R. Shepherd Director of Athletics.
“I’ve thought about this for a long time and I think this is the right time and it’s the right thing to do for the Michigan hockey program,” Berenson said in a press release. “My heart will always be at Michigan and I look forward to the team taking the next step and making me proud as a former coach.”
Michigan went 848-426-92 (.654) in the Berenson era, including the 1996 and 1998 NCAA National Championships – the eighth and ninth in school history. Berenson’s accomplishments behind the bench at Michigan put him among the greatest coaches in college hockey history.
“Red Berenson is a legendary figure at the University of Michigan as well as in our ice hockey history,” Manuel said. “Throughout his career, Red has focused on the academic and athletic success of the young men who have come through our program while shaping the sport as we know it today. He has developed an astounding 73 NHL players but, more importantly, he has positively impacted hundreds of young men. We are forever grateful for his contributions to the University of Michigan and I look forward to continuing working with Red for years to come.”
“I deeply appreciate Coach Berenson’s decades-long commitment to ensuring that our student-athletes succeeded in all aspects of their lives: on the ice, academically and as citizens and members of our community,” said Dr. Mark Schlissel, the 14th president of the University of Michigan. He is an excellent representative of our university, and I will always remember seeing him lead our teams behind the bench in Yost Ice Arena.”
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