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Holy Cross Head Coach Paul Pearl Reportedly Takes Assistant Job at Harvard

Pearl leaves Holy Cross for an assistant coaching position for the second time in his career.

Harvard's Bright Arena
Harvard's Bright Arena

Holy Cross head coach Paul Pearl will be leaving the school to take an assistant coaching position at Harvard, according to multiple sources, including College Hockey News.

Pearl is an alum of Holy Cross, and has coached there for 19 of the past 20 seasons, with a one-year hiatus, where he served as an assistant coach at Brown in 1996-97, while also being head coach of Brown's golf team. His career record at Holy Cross was 297-293-69, which makes him the winningest coach in Holy Cross school history, and helped lead the Crusaders to two NCAA tournament appearances, including arguably the most famous upset in NCAA tournament history when the Crusaders upset Minnesota in the first round of the 2006 NCAA tournament. In 2012, Pearl reportedly turned down an offer to become head coach at UMass-Amherst.

Pearl will take the assistant coaching position vacated by Albie O'Connell, who left Harvard to take an assistant coaching position on David Quinn's staff at Boston University.