Mel Pearson is no longer the hockey coach of the Michigan Wolverines

The university’s sports department announced Friday that Mel Pearson, the Michigan hockey coach for the past five seasons, will not extend his contract and has been relieved of his position.

This comes just days after allegations against Pearson and the “cultural issues” identified in the program “requiring attention” were revealed in a 70-page report from Washington, DC-based law firm Wilmerhill. The report, obtained by the Detroit News on Tuesday, was delivered to Michigan Athletic Director Ward Manuel on May 5.

Pearson’s original five-year contract expired at the end of April, just over three weeks after he transferred his team to the NCAA Frozen Four. Pearson, 63, has been the head coach for Michigan’s hockey program since 2017, taking the program to two appearances at the Frozen Four, and has continued to serve as Michigan’s “employee at will” for the past three months in the position despite not being in the position. Get a new contract.