Berenson announces he’s returning to Michigan bench in 2016-17

Red Berenson is one of 12 people to coach more than 1,000 men’s college hockey games (photo: Melissa Wade).
Michigan coach Red Berenson plans to return for a 33rd season in 2016-17.Berenson made the announcement at a booster club banquet on Sunday. His contract was to expire after this season.”I’m excited about the direction of the program and the challenge of working with our student-athletes to improve on a daily basis and achieve our goal of winning championships,” Berenson said in a statement released by the school. “This season has been inspiring for our team, our staff, and the fans. Our success has been the motivation to return to help the program take another step forward. I feel fortunate to be at Michigan and appreciate the support from our new athletic director.”After three straight seasons missing the NCAA tournament, the Wolverines made it to the regional final this season, losing to North Dakota after a first-round overtime victory over Notre Dame in Cincinnati.Berenson, who is 835-407-89 in 32 seasons coaching at his alma mater, was named the Big Ten’s coach of the year in 2015-16.He’s second to Boston College’s Jerry York among active coaches on the college hockey wins list, and fourth overall. Berenson is one of 12 to coach more than 1,000 men’s college hockey games.”I look forward to Red continuing as our coach because of his leadership and commitment to academic and athletic excellence as well as his commitment to the University of Michigan,” Michigan athletic director Warde Manuel said. “These are core principles that we stick by, and they have guided Coach Berenson’s distinguished tenure at Michigan.”