Red Berenson announced his retirement from coaching the University of Michigan’s men’s hockey team, concluding a legendary career that included 848 wins and two national championships.
He will stay on with Michigan athletics as a special advisor to the school’s athletics director.
“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,” the 77-year-old Berenson said in a statement. “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 finished 13-19-3 overall this season and 6-12-2-2 in the Big Ten. Berenson was named the Big Ten Coach of the Year last year when he led the Wolverines to an NCAA tournament berth.
Berenson took over at Michigan for the 1984-85 season and in his coaching career went 848-426-92 and guided the Wolverines to 22 straight appearances in the NCAA tournament from 1991-2012 – a college hockey record.
Under Berenson, Michigan reached the Frozen Four 11 times and a total of 73 players who played for Berenson ended up making the NHL.
“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 Michgian president, Dr. Mark Schlissel. “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.”
Berenson played at Michigan from 1959-60 through 1961-62 before carving a long NHL career. He played 987 games between the Montreal Canadiens, New York Rangers, Detroit Red Wings and St. Louis Blues and notched 658 points.
Berenson considered retirement last season, but opted to stay on for 2016-17.
“Red Berenson is a legendary figure at the University of Michigan as well as in our ice hockey history,” Michgan athletics director Warde 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.”
A replacement for Berenson was not immediately named.
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