Shawhan The Man at Tech
Spent Last Three Years as Huskies Assistant
CHN Staff Report
Joe Shawhan, an assistant coach at Michigan Tech the last three season, has been named the Huskies' new head coach.
Michigan Tech is the eighth school this offseason to fill a head coaching vacancy, and five, including Shawhan, are Division I head coaches for the first time.
"I'm thrilled to introduce Joe Shawhan as the head coach of our historic hockey program," Michigan Tech athletic director Suzanne Sanregret said. "He has been an instrumental part of our success over the last three seasons, and winning has followed him in every program he has been a part of.
"This search process was different than the last in that we are looking for a coach to build upon our recent success and raise the program to yet another level. We were also looking for a leader who has integrity, character, and a genuine interest in developing players to be leaders both on and off the ice. We also want a coach that has strong relationships and networks for recruiting, will continue to recruit to the style of play that we have come to enjoy, and engage with our community. Coach Shawhan has all of these characteristics. He is a tremendous human being who will coach our hockey student-athletes for life. I look forward to working with Joe in the years to come. I am confident in his abilities as a coach, teacher, and professional, and he will continue to grow and advance Michigan Tech Hockey."
Shawhan was a goalie at Lake Superior State, graduating in 1987. He began coaching with the Soo Indians of the NAHL junior league from 1995-2005. He went on to spend three seasons as an assistant coach at Lake Superior State, and six at Northern Michigan before coming to Michigan Tech.
In the past three seasons, Michigan Tech has been to the NCAA tournament twice, including this past season.
The job became vacant when Mel Pearson decided to return to Michigan to fill the vacancy left by Red Berenson's retirement.
"My goal is to continue the work of my predecessors that allows each individual to grow into the person they are capable of," Shawhan said. "Our culture is our strength and our great student-athletes drive our culture. The rest takes care of itself."
Shawhan also led the 2004 U.S. Junior National Team to a silver medal at the 2004 Viking Cup in Alberta as head coach, and bronze medal in 2002 as an assistant. He also served as the head coach of Team Michigan U-17 and U-18 five times and was a member of the USA Hockey Tier I Oversight Committee.
"When I got my first head coaching job in Indiana, one of the first calls I made was to Joe Shawhan for advice," current Detroit Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill said. "I had always been extremely impressed with the job Joe did as the head coach of the Soo Indians. I thought he always maximized his team's talent level, and my brother played for him as well. That was one of the first calls I made to pick his brain on ways to be an effective head coach. I think Joe is somebody who has great hockey knowledge. I think he understands what it takes to win, and is a lifelong student of the game."
Said Notre Dame coach Jeff Jackson, "I spent a lot of time with Joe at Lake State both as his coach for one year and afterwards during his time with the Soo junior team. I learned to respect Joe for his knowledge and passion for the game. He's paid his dues and he is very deserved of getting the opportunity to become a head coach. He's worked for some good people and that has only accelerated his development as a coach. Joe's a good man, and I'm really happy for him."