Michigan alum Bill Muckalt back with Wolverines as new associate head coach

Michigan announced Tuesday the hiring of Bill Muckalt as the Wolverines’ new associate head coach.

A four-year letter-winner (1994-98) and two-time national champion at U of M, Muckalt returns to his alma mater after spending the past two seasons as head coach and general manager of the Tri-City Storm of the USHL.

Prior to his stint with the Storm, Muckalt served as an assistant coach at Michigan Tech for four years under Pearson after a successful career in the NHL.

“Billy has had great success everywhere he has coached,” Pearson said in a statement. “Having won two national championships, he is familiar with the winning tradition of Michigan hockey. Billy will be a great addition to our staff, and I’m extremely excited to be bringing him back to Ann Arbor. Our players will really benefit from his experience and knowledge of the game.”

“I am humbled and privileged to be back at Michigan — it’s a special place,” added Muckalt. “I’m excited to work with Mel again and looking forward to working with Brian (Wiseman), Steve (Shields) and the rest of the staff. I can’t wait to start getting to know our student-athletes and helping them develop and help them reach their dreams and goals. I look forward to embracing the tradition and enriching the future of Michigan Hockey.”

In his two seasons with Tri-City, Muckalt compiled a 49-46-16-9 record and led the Storm to its first Clark Cup in franchise history during the 2015-16 season.

Muckalt previously held head coaching positions at the junior level with the Valencia Flyers of the WSHL (2009-10) and New Mexico Mustangs of the NAHL (2010-11). He began his coaching career at Eastern Michigan with its ACHA team in 2006-07 before moving up to head coach the following season.

Over the course of his five-year NHL career, Muckalt skated with Vancouver, New York Islanders, Ottawa and Minnesota. Muckalt tallied 97 career points (40 goals, 57 assists), with his most productive season coming as a rookie with Vancouver when he posted 16 goals and 20 assists in 73 games in 1998-99.


  1. .
    the berenson that likes the pearson that likes the muckalt.

    michigan; meet your next head coach.

    and if you stop to look at history, the connection between michigan and tech is off the charts.

    john macinnes is rolling in his grave…


    • I dunno DTP – remember that Coach MacInnes originally came to Houghton from Ann Arbor. Al Renfrew and Danny Farrell went from Houghton to AA (by way of Nodak, in Renfrew’s case) to balance things a bit…
      And, if recent (?) history is any guide, it’ll be 15-20 years before Billy even gets a crack at the HC gig at U-M. He may get an AHL/NHL offer before then, especially if the Wolverines get good again.

      • .
        and yes, he will, like pearson, leave UM before he comes back… but i bet my money he will be back as a HC.


        • With the 16-year age difference between Mel and Billy, that sounds very plausible. However, if he leaves for the AHL/NHL instead of for an NCAA gig, the odds of returning to U-M drop considerably.

          Of course, if Shawhan doesn’t work out maybe Tech cements its legacy as a farm team for U-M coaches by…
          Nah, that’s just wrong. Forget I ever said that.

          PS: In the “adding insult to injury” department – I went to see Tech play at U-M last year, and bought my tickets through U-M’s website. Three weeks ago, I get a U-M season ticket brochure in the mail. Guess who’s picture is all over it? Maybe I can get Mel to autograph it some day. Thanks again, U-M…


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