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Bowling Green Hires Miami's Bergeron

CHN Staff Report

BOWLING GREEN, Ohio — Bowling Green has named Miami assistant Chris Bergeron its new head coach.

Bergeron replaces Dennis Williams, who was the coach this past season on an interim basis after Scott Paluch stepped down late last summer.

Bergeron has been Miami's assistant for the past 10 seasons. He recently helped get the RedHawks back to the Frozen Four, where

“Chris’ passion, energy and commitment to excellence won us over,” Christopher said. “As a player he set the foundation for Miami’s program, then as a coach he helped build the program to its current championship caliber. At every stage, Chris has been known as a tremendous leader. This is his time to step into a head coaching role and lead Bowling Green hockey to prominence.”

As an assistant coach at Miami since 2000, Bergeron was part of eight 20-win seasons and six trips to the NCAA Tournament. Bergeron played at Miami from 1989-93 and was a two-year team captain, leading the team to a CCHA Championship as a senior. He then spent seven years playing professionally before returning to Miami as an assistant coach. During that time, he played with the Adirondack Red Wings (AHL), the Birmingham Bulls (ECHL), the Toledo Storm (ECHL), the Cincinnati Cyclones (IHL) and the Columbus Cottonmouths (CHL), being named a league all-star four times.

“As we honor our strong commitment to bring BGSU hockey back to the top ranks and continue the success of the Bring Back the Glory fund-raising campaign, Chris is the right leader for the program," BGSU president Dr. Carol Cartwright said. "As someone who has been a strong contributor in the CCHA and knows BGSU, he understands what it will take to develop and sustain a winning program.”

Bowling Green’s Bring Back The Glory campaign is designed to raise funds to endow hockey scholarships and for facility upgrades. The BG Ice Arena is already undergoing $4 million in renovations to upgrade the compressors, chillers and infrastructure.

“I’m very excited to be a part of putting Bowling Green back where it belongs in the hockey world,” Bergeron said. “My family and I are looking forward to becoming part of the Bowling Green community. What excites me the most, though, is seeing how hungry everyone is to make Bowling Green hockey successful again — from Dr. Cartwright to Greg Christopher to everyone I talked to during the interview process.”

Bowling Green won the National Championship in 1984. The program won at least 25 games eight times in a nine year stretch from 1981-1990 and has posted five other 25-win seasons in the 41-year history of the program. However, the team has not finished above .500 since 1996-97.

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