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Holy Cross’ Pearl linked to Harvard assistant job, source says

paulpearl1 Holy Cross Pearl linked to Harvard assistant job, source says

Paul Pearl has coached Holy Cross for 19 seasons (photo: Melissa Wade).

Paul Pearl is leaving Holy Cross after 19 seasons as head coach to become an assistant at Harvard, a source told USCHO on Wednesday.

Pearl declined to comment on the report of his move when reached by phone Wednesday night.

A 1989 graduate of Holy Cross, Pearl has a 297-293-69 career record at his alma mater.

He led the Crusaders to Atlantic Hockey regular season and playoff titles in 2004 and 2006, the latter leading to a first-round NCAA tournament upset of No. 1 seed Minnesota.

Pearl’s Holy Cross team also won a MAAC tournament title in 1999.

It isn’t the first time Pearl has been linked to a possible departure from Holy Cross.

In 2003, he announced he was leaving the program to become director of admissions and hockey coach at a Massachusetts prep school, only to change his mind a week later and sign a multi-year contract with Holy Cross.

Two years ago, he was reportedly offered the head coaching job at Massachusetts but turned it down.

Harvard is looking to fill a vacancy on Ted Donato’s coaching staff that opened when Albie O’Connell moved to an assistant’s role at Boston University.

Contributing: Brian Sullivan, Dan Rubin


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  • Powers

    Why would he leave his alma mater for an assistant position?

  • Joe

    Doesn’t take the head job at UMass two years ago, but wants the assistant position at Harvard? Something doesn’t compute. He must know something the rest of us don’t.

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