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Western Michigan Completes Staff with Ferschweiler, Facca

Incoming Western Michigan coach Jeff Blashill has completed his staff, adding Pat Ferschweiler and Rob Facca as assistants.

“I am extremely excited to add Pat and Rob to our staff,” Blashill said in a statement. “Both are outstanding people and coaches who bring valuable skill sets and experiences to our program.”

Ferschweiler, who played at Western Michigan from 1990 to 1993, was coach of the Russell Stover AAA program in Overland, Kan.

He was the Broncos’ most valuable player in the 1992-93 season, after which he had an 11-year professional career.

“Pat, a former Bronco captain, has great passion for Western Michigan University and Bronco hockey,” Blashill said. “His extensive professional playing experience, playing both forward and defense, makes him a great resource for our players. He is a proven winner as a head coach and has shown great ability developing his young players skills and helping them mature and grow as young men.”

Facca was an assistant at Northern Michigan for the last three seasons.

A former Nebraska-Omaha player, Facca was also a volunteer assistant for the Mavericks and an assistant with Lincoln of the USHL.

“Rob is a proven college recruiter, having led the recruiting efforts at Northern Michigan the last three years,” Blashill said. “He is very well connected and respected in the recruiting areas we want to be strong in and he gives us a great advantage as we pursue future Broncos. Rob also spent three seasons working with Walt Kyle, who I consider one of the best coaches in our game.”


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