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Pearl Signs Contract Extension at Holy Cross

CHN Staff Report

Holy Cross and coach Paul Pearl have agreed to a new five-year contract. The deal will keep Pearl as the head coach of the Crusaders through the 2016-2017 season.

"Paul is one of the best coaches we've had at Holy Cross during my time here," said Holy Cross athletic director Richard Regan. "He contributes in so many different ways. Paul's teams are always competitive and reach the high academic standards of the college. I'm very happy to have Paul here."

Pearl will be in his 18th year as head coach of Holy Cross in 2012-13. He owns an overall record of 263-257-63 during his time with the Crusaders, and is the all-time winningest coach in the history of the program.

Pearl was wooed by Massachusetts during the summer, but ultimately chose to stay at Holy Cross.

A two-time Atlantic Hockey Coach of the Year selection (2004 and 2011), Pearl has been the man behind the bench during eight of the 10 most successful seasons in Holy Cross history, while he has had four teams post 20-win seasons. He led the Crusaders to their first two NCAA Tournament appearances in 2004 and 2006, while he coached the team to its first ever NCAA Tournament win with a 4-3 overtime victory over Minnesota on March 24, 2006.

During each of the last two seasons, Pearl has led Holy Cross to third place finishes in Atlantic Hockey, with the team posting a 20-15-4 mark during the 2011-2012 campaign. In 2005-06, he led the Crusaders to a school single-season record 27 victories, as the team posted an overall record of 27-10-2. Holy Cross also claimed the Atlantic Hockey regular season and tournament titles.

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