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Ferschweiler leaves WMU for Grand Rapids Griffins

WMU will have two new assistant coaches behind the bench when the season starts in October.

Western Michigan head coach Andy Murray
Western Michigan head coach Andy Murray

Pat Ferschweiler has left his position as associate head coach at Western Michigan to take on the role of assistant coach with the American Hockey League's Grand Rapids Griffins.

The move will reunite him with Jeff Blashill, former WMU bench boss and current head coach of the Detroit Red Wings' AHL affiliate in Grand Rapids. Ferschweiler, a WMU alum, had been an assistant at his alma mater for the past four seasons. The Rochester, Minn. native played minor pro hockey in the IHL after captaining the Broncos for the 1992-93 season.

It is the second turnover in the assistant coaching ranks at WMU this offseason. Ben Barr took over for Rob Faca who left to become a scout with the Chicago Blackhawks. Head coach Andy Murray will be left to find an assistant coach with less than a month to go before the school year starts.

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Jeff Cox covers college, junior and high school hockey, NCAA recruiting and NHL Draft prospects. Follow him on twitter @JeffCoxSports.