Holy Cross confirms Pearl’s departure; AD says he’s ‘saddened to see Coach Pearl go’

Friday afternoon, a Holy Cross press release confirmed that head coach Paul Pearl had resigned to “accept a coaching position at another institution.”

Pearl is believed to be taking the assistant’s job at Harvard.

USCHO.com originally reported the news on Wednesday.

“I am saddened to see Coach Pearl go, as he has been a big part of this great institution both as a student-athlete and a coach,” said Holy Cross director of athletics Nathan Pine in a statement. “But we support Paul and his family in this decision and wish him continued success. The foundation that he has laid at Holy Cross positions us very well as we begin our national search for his successor to continue the advancement of Holy Cross hockey.”

Pearl has served as the Crusaders’ head coach for 19 of the last 20 years, posting an overall record of 297-293-69 and a 236-188-60 mark in conference play. He led the Crusaders to two Atlantic Hockey championships, one MAAC title and two trips to the NCAA tournament (in 2004 and 2006).

The all-time winningest coach in school history, Pearl was named the Atlantic Hockey coach of the year in 2004 and 2011, the MAAC coach of the year in 2002, the New England Writers’ Association coach of the year in 1998 and the ECAC East coach of the year in 1998.