CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard men’s hockey team has added an associate head coach for the 2014-15 season, as Paul Pearl will join the men's hockey staff. Pearl comes to Cambridge after a 19-year career as the head coach of the Holy Cross men’s hockey team.
“We are very excited about the addition of Paul Pearl to the Harvard Men’s Ice Hockey staff,” said Ted Donato, the Robert D. Ziff ’88 Head Coach for Harvard Men’s Ice Hockey. “Paul brings a wealth of experience, leadership and hockey knowledge, as well as a proven track record of successfully developing student-athletes both on and off the ice.”
Pearl had a decorated tenure with the Crusaders, becoming the school’s all-time winningest coach in 2006 with his 168th career victory. In 19 seasons in Worcester, Pearl compiled a 297-293-69 overall record, and was behind the bench for nine of the 11 most successful seasons in program history. Pearl has two NCAA tournament appearances to his credit (2004 and 2006) and has led five, 20-win campaigns at the helm of the Holy Cross program.
His accolades came shortly after he began with the Crusaders, as he was dubbed ECAC East Coach of the year and New England Hockey Writer’s Association Coach of the Year in 1998. He collected MAAC Coach of the Year honors in 2002 and was twice named Atlantic Hockey Coach of the Year (2004 and 2011).
The Wakefield, Mass., native has Ivy League coaching experience, as he served as an assistant coach at Brown during the 1996-97 season. Prior to his time in Providence, he had a two-year stint at Holy Cross, preceded by a two-year tenure as an assistant coach at Connecticut. As a player, Pearl skated in 125 games for the Crusaders, compiling 77 points on 14 career goals and 63 assists.
Pearl graduated from Holy Cross in 1989 and earned his MBA from Connecticut in 1994.