Western Michigan hockey has named Pat Ferschweiler as associate head coach for the 2019-20 season. Ferschweiler returns to the Bronco hockey program after spending four years as an assistant coach for the Detroit Red Wings.
Ferschweiler began his coaching career at WMU in 2010 when he was brought on as an assistant coach during the Jeff Blashill era. During his time as an assistant coach, he helped the Broncos reach back-to-back NCAA tournament appearances in 2011 and 2012. In addition to being an assistant coach for the Red Wings, Ferschweiler also spent one season with the Grand Rapids Griffins in an assistant coaching position.
“We are very excited to welcome back Pat,” said head coach Andy Murray. “He understands what it means to play Bronco Hockey and his experience in the NHL only adds to his coaching skills he has grown throughout his career.”
Ferschweiler played his collegiate hockey as a Bronco during the 1990-93 seasons, before leaving after his junior season to pursue a professional hockey career. He totaled 95 points on 30 goals and 65 assists during his 116-game career as a Bronco. During the 1991-92 season, Ferschweiler became the only Bronco to ever win the CCHA Best Defensive Forward Award.
Ferschweiler is currently coaching the USA Under 18 Men’s Select Hockey Team as they compete in the Hlinka Gretzky Cup. USA will start tournament play in Slovakia on Monday, Aug. 5 against Russia.
WMU hockey will begin their 2019-20 season on the road against Ohio State on Oct. 11.