Berenson Agrees to Three-Year Extension

The University of Michigan and coach Red Berenson have agreed to a three year extension that will run through the 2012-2013 season, silencing rumors of his retirement.

Berenson, a former Wolverine player from 1960-62, has been behind the bench at his alma matter for the past 26 seasons.

“I’ve thought about it a lot. I definitely was thinking about leaving earlier but my passion has really been with this team and these players. They’re making a commitment to the program and I want my commitment to be clear as well,” Berenson said.

Berenson has coached the Wolverines to 670 victories, 10 CCHA regular-season championships, 9 CCHA playoff championships, and two National Championships over his 26 years as head coach at Michigan.

Berenson has 699 career wins, good enough for sixth place on the college hockey all-time wins list.  He needs only 45 more to slip into fifth place.

Going by the numbers, Berenson should have no problem getting those 45 wins over the next three seasons.  Berenson’s Wolverines average just over 26 wins per season and have won 30 or more 11 times.

The Wolverines’ coach turned the program around in Ann Arbor during the mid 1980′s.  Berenson has led the Wolverines to an unheard of 20 straight NCAA Tournament appearances, with his two National Championships coming in 1996 and 1998.

Berenson has been named the CCHA Coach of the Year twice (1994, 2008) and the National Coach of the Year in 2008 when he led the Wolveriens to a 33-6-4 record.  The Wolverines won the CCHA regular-season title and CCHA playoff title before bowing out to Notre Dame in the NCAA Tournament.

“We’ve been doing a one-year contract of late and it seems like we’re spending a lot of time talking about when I’m going to retire,” Berenson said. “I think we can put that to bed for awhile and just focus on what we’re doing. The situation at Michigan is a little clearer in terms of recruitment or leadership of the program or what my future is.”

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