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sideboards
04-24-2017, 09:55 AM
Agreed about Suzanne and Mroz, and from what I have heard Ben Barr would be great but he seems to be an east coast guy so maybe not here?

Barr is originally from Fairbault, MN. IMO would be great to see him or Cam Ellsworth apply.

bose301s
04-24-2017, 09:57 AM
I think one of the biggest requirements needs to be someone who has a lot of experience in recruiting and has a strong recruiting network. Mel had that and I think that's a huge part of his success at Tech and getting some grade A recruits, Jamie didn't have nearly as strong of a recruiting network and he got mid level recruits at best most of the time with a few diamonds in the rough scattered in.

Shirtless Guy
04-24-2017, 09:59 AM
In the last 24 hours, my opinion of Coach Pearson unfortunately has changed significantly. Here was someone who in his youth had worn the silver, black and gold for Tech, stood behind the bench for two different stints as a professional and had taken Huskies hockey from nothing and rebuilt it into a top-20 program. Had Coach Pearson gone to any other program, stayed for a few years and then returned to Michigan, I don’t think I would have even blinked. It has happened many times before and it will happen again. I get the desire to always move on to something that is perceived to be better. However when you kick your alma mater in the teeth and step on your school to raise yourself up, that leaves a very bitter taste behind, far worse than that of eating crow. A taste that will not easily be washed away or forgotten.

Ryan JHow exactly can you say the bold item? How did Mel kick MTU in the teeth and step on them? He lifted them up, brought them to places they haven't been in decades.

MOJO
04-24-2017, 10:04 AM
Why isn't anybody throwing around Walt Kyle's name as a suitable replacement for Mel? ;)

manurespreader
04-24-2017, 10:04 AM
Official via Michigan press release

http://www.mgoblue.com/sports/m-hockey/spec-rel/042417aaa.html
Do me a favor a** H*** get the heck out of this thread and NEVER come back.

Shirtless Guy
04-24-2017, 10:07 AM
Jesus, I'm starting to see why our fanbase has a bit of a reputation...

J.D.
04-24-2017, 10:10 AM
Jesus, I'm starting to see why our fanbase has a bit of a reputation...

The word delusional comes to mind from what i have read here recently.

bose301s
04-24-2017, 10:12 AM
Why isn't anybody throwing around Walt Kyle's name as a suitable replacement for Mel? ;)

Lol, I was going to suggest Dan Bylsma.

bose301s
04-24-2017, 10:12 AM
Do me a favor a** H*** get the heck out of this thread and NEVER come back.

Really not necessary.

alfablue
04-24-2017, 10:12 AM
Jesus, I'm starting to see why our fanbase has a bit of a reputation...

Yes, you do. But IMHO, you can use it for good, too. Like you did for Mel, wrap your arms around whoever is your next coach.

My dad deserves a good team for his school, and your support will help.

Will it mean you get a coach for decades? Dunno.

But at least get behind the new coach as a group. You should all realize that you are probably the largest single posting group on this board. I see that as a reflection of a rather passionate fan base. Use that to your advantage.

at least that's how I see it.

Shirtless Guy
04-24-2017, 10:17 AM
Yes, you do. But IMHO, you can use it for good, too. Like you did for Mel, wrap your arms around whoever is your next coach.

My dad deserves a good team for his school, and your support will help.

Will it mean you get a coach for decades? Dunno.

But at least get behind the new coach as a group. You should all realize that you are probably the largest single posting group on this board. I see that as a reflection of a rather passionate fan base. Use that to your advantage.

at least that's how I see it.We have plenty of advantages, and I know this is a difficult situation for all of us bc we finally don't suck after about 30 years of mostly crappy hockey. I just don't want MTU to find the next Tim Watters, hell, if the next coach is just mediocre, it will set the program back far enough bc no one will believe that MTU can succeed and that Mel was the only reason it worked...even though I don't believe that at all.

redwing61
04-24-2017, 10:18 AM
The program began its turnaround when Glenn, Suzanne and donors made the commitment. No reason to believe the commitment is about to flag now that everyone has seen what a successful hockey program can do for Houghton, Michigan Technological University and its alumni base. The success may have outstripped the commitment level – Mel Pearson is an extraordinary coach – but with $250–300k to spend on the next coach, I expect we'll land a good one and the results will continue.

Shirtless Guy
04-24-2017, 10:19 AM
The program began its turnaround when Glenn, Suzanne and donors made the commitment. No reason to believe the commitment is about to flag now that everyone has seen what a successful hockey program can do for Houghton, Michigan Technological University and its alumni base. The success may have outstripped the commitment level – Mel Pearson is an extraordinary coach – but with $250–300k to spend on the next coach, I expect we'll land a good one and the results will continue.Not to mention the program basically gets a year of free coaching bc of Mel's buyout.

manurespreader
04-24-2017, 10:22 AM
Well after thinking about it and talking with a number of old alumni who do not post but follow the program closely, I believe that the general feeling is this will set us back to 1995. Rightly or wrongly, and that the decision of Mr Pearson to leave was decided soon after he left Ann Arbor. (I had been told this by a number of people who are very close to mr Berenson, but I refused to believe it at the time) I see now it's true. I don't think we are back quite to square 1 but whoever comes here, what is he going to say," I'm glad to be number 2? I hope we can pick up the pieces.?" it's going to be a difficult period.
I think the program is better than when he got here certainly, but things can fall apart in a hurry.I do not expect us to contend in the near term for anything except maybe home ice. I think we will see at least 3 recruits de-commit. I think a couple of the players transfer. It's unfortunate but that's the hand we have been dealt. I've been waiting 30 plus years to see the program be respectable again. I hope it can stay that way. I'm sure Mr Pearson will say all the right things about how special Michigan is, how much history they have, how honored he is to be there. the same **** that every new coach says at every press conference ever held.
Personally I have attended quite a few games at Yost in addition to the Tech games once in a while. I'm not planning on continuing that habit. They can go suck an egg.
Pardon me while I go puke and then throw myself off one of these cliffs out here. Not really, I'm just going to go out and kick the dog a few times.

bose301s
04-24-2017, 10:23 AM
The program began its turnaround when Glenn, Suzanne and donors made the commitment. No reason to believe the commitment is about to flag now that everyone has seen what a successful hockey program can do for Houghton, Michigan Technological University and its alumni base. The success may have outstripped the commitment level – Mel Pearson is an extraordinary coach – but with $250–300k to spend on the next coach, I expect we'll land a good one and the results will continue.

That's definitely the good part going into this search vs. the last few, we have seen unprecedented levels of support for the program recently so we will be able to compete with anyone on the country on the salary and the recent success should attract some higher end applicants as well. I think we can get a Tier 1 coach, now we just have to find the right one.

Shirtless Guy
04-24-2017, 10:25 AM
alright, time for me to step away from this thread before all of you hate me for not acting like the world is ending.

bose301s
04-24-2017, 10:27 AM
alright, time for me to step away from this thread before all of you hate me for not acting like the world is ending.

I don't think the world is ending, but it is a precarious position to be in and obviously a lot of uncertainty, but hopefully we find the right guy and move forward.

alfablue
04-24-2017, 10:35 AM
We have plenty of advantages, and I know this is a difficult situation for all of us bc we finally don't suck after about 30 years of mostly crappy hockey. I just don't want MTU to find the next Tim Watters, hell, if the next coach is just mediocre, it will set the program back far enough bc no one will believe that MTU can succeed and that Mel was the only reason it worked...even though I don't believe that at all.

100% agree. So with all of that passion and warmth, put the demands that you rightly have to be a winning program.

There's no reason you should not be 100% clear to the coach of your expectations.

Flashy Man
04-24-2017, 10:35 AM
We're the only opening with three 20+ win seasons in a row. We'll be fine.


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Twitch Boy
04-24-2017, 10:43 AM
Why isn't anybody throwing around Walt Kyle's name as a suitable replacement for Mel? ;)

Tom Anastos.

*runs*