CHN Staff Report
HOUGHTON, Mich. Michigan Tech has agreed to a three-year contract extension with coach Joe Shawhan. Shawhan is 74-64-13 in his four seasons as head coach.
“What’s most important to me is to be part of something special,” Shawhan said. “Michigan Tech hockey is supported in the Copper Country with passion and enthusiastic expectations to be among the best in the nation. I look forward to continuing the work with our great student-athletes to achieve just that.”
Shawhan was an assistant coach at Tech for three seasons (2014-17) before being hired as the head coach, replacing Mel Pearson, who left for Michigan. In his first season, the Huskies won 22 games and were WCHA Playoff Champions.
During the Shawhan era, Mitch Reinke (St. Louis), Joel L’Esperance (Dallas), Dane Birks (Pittsburgh), and Jake Lucchini (Pittsburgh) have all signed NHL contracts. As an assistant, Shawhan also coached Matt Roy (Los Angeles) and Tanner Kero (Dallas) who have had success at the NHL level this season.
In his three years as an assistant coach, the Huskies went to a pair of NCAA Tournaments, won the Broadmoor Trophy as WCHA Playoff Champions, won the MacNaughton Cup as regular-season WCHA Champions, and were ranked No. 1 in the nation.
Shawhan originally signed a four-year contract when he was named head coach in May 2017. This current contract was agreed upon in January 2021.