Michigan Tech announced on Tuesday that assistant coach Joe Shawhan will become the program’s 22nd head coach, replacing Mel Pearson, who left Houghton earlier this summer to take the head coaching job at the University of Michigan.
Shawhan’s roots in Michigan’s upper peninsula run deep. After completing his collegiate career at Lake Superior State, Shawhan served as a volunteer assistant for the Lakers for seven seasons, including two national championship seasons. He then served as head coach and general managers of the NAHL’s Soo Indians, and had stints as an assistant coach at all three Division I schools in Michigan’s upper peninsula, including spending the last three seasons at Michigan Tech, where his work with goalies Jamie Phillips and Angus Redmond helped them earn NHL contracts.
In the school’s press release, Shawhan said:
I am honored and excited for the opportunity to remain a part of the Michigan Tech family. The past three years have been an amazing journey. Sharing in the passion this community has for this university and hockey program has been an experience most only dream of. Tech hockey has a colorful history painted by legendary individuals and teams. My family and I are excited to be part of the next chapter.