Western Michigan loses second associate head coach as Ferschweiler moves to AHL’s Griffins

The American Hockey League’s Grand Rapids Griffins announced on Monday the addition of Pat Ferschweiler as an assistant coach.

Ferschweiler recently concluded his fourth season behind the bench at Western Michigan. He served as an assistant coach with the Broncos from 2010 to 2013 before being promoted to associate head coach for the 2013-14 season.

In his inaugural campaign with Western Michigan in 2010-11, Ferschweiler served under current Griffins head coach Jeff Blashill.

“I am excited to add Pat to our staff,” said Blashill in a statement. “Having worked together at WMU, I know firsthand that Pat is an outstanding hockey coach. He excels in developing players and he has a great hockey mind and a great ability to communicate his thoughts. Most importantly, Pat relates to his players and builds relationships that extend beyond his time coaching them. He’ll be a great asset to the Griffins and Red Wings organizations.”

The 44-year-old Ferschweiler is a 1993 graduate of Western Michigan, where he spent three seasons (1990-93) with the Broncos and accumulated 95 points (30 goals, 65 assists) in 116 games.

“We take a great deal of pride at Western Michigan when one of our players or coaches has an opportunity to move on to the professional level,” said WMU head coach Andy Murray in a news release. “We are excited about Pat’s opportunity with Grand Rapids and the Red Wings organization. He’s helped me a great deal in terms of my transition from professional hockey to the college game and has made a tremendous impact on all of our players. He and his wife, Stacy, are quality people and I value their friendship.”

Ferschweiler is the second associate head coach to leave during the offseason after Rob Facca accepted a scouting position with the Chicago Blackhawks.