By @MichaelCaples –
Mel Pearson’s bringing another notable Michigan name back to Ann Arbor for the upcoming season.
The Wolverines officially announced today that Bill Muckalt, a two-time national champion with the Wolverines as a player, has joined the program as Michigan’s new associate head coach.
“Billy has had great success everywhere he has coached,” Pearson said. “Having won two national championships, he is familiar with the winning tradition of Michigan hockey. Billy will be a great addition to our staff, and I’m extremely excited to be bringing him back to Ann Arbor. Our players will really benefit from his experience and knowledge of the game.”
Muckalt spent the last two seasons as head coach of the Tri-City Storm, leading the USHL team to a Clark Cup championship. He previously worked for Pearson as an assistant coach at Michigan Tech.
“I am humbled and privileged to be back at Michigan — it’s a special place,” said Muckalt. “I’m excited to work with Mel again and looking forward to working with Brian (Wiseman), Steve (Shields) and the rest of the staff. I can’t wait to start getting to know our student-athletes and helping them develop and help them reach their dreams and goals. I look forward to embracing the tradition and enriching the future of Michigan Hockey.”
Muckalt played for Red Berenson from 1995-98, winning two NCAA national titles before a professional career that saw five NHL seasons with the Vancouver Canucks, New York Islanders, Ottawa Senators and Minnesota Wild.