In his first year, Jeff Blashill turned the Western Michigan hockey program around. Today, he made it his only year.
Blashill tendered his resignation to take an assistant coaching position with the Detroit Red Wings. He joins Bill Peters as Red Wings Head Coach Mike Babcock's new assistant coaches, replacing Brad McCrimmon and Paul MacLean.
“Today is a very emotional day for me,” said Blashill. “I am extremely excited for the opportunity to pursue a lifelong dream to coach in the NHL with the best organization in sports;
the Detroit Red Wings. However, it is with extreme sadness that I step down as head coach of the Western Michigan Bronco hockey team."
Blashill went 19-13-10 in his only season at Western Michigan. He led the Broncos to it's first NCAA Tournament berth in 15 years, and it's first CCHA championship game in 25 years. He was named the college hockey coach of the year by USCHO.com, Inside College Hockey, and College Hockey News.
“We really want to thank coach Blashill for his dedicated and passionate leadership with our student-athletes and his coaching staff. We wish him nothing but the best as he moves
on to a new chapter in his professional career,” said director of athletics Kathy Beauregard. “The success we experienced and his multiple National Coach of the Year honors speaks
volumes to his talent as a coach and it also speaks volumes to the hockey program we have here at Western Michigan University."
WMU now begins a national coaching search for a new head coach and the Broncos are willing to pay a top price for a top candidate.
“We believe we have one of the top ten programs in the country and we made a decision as an institution to make our head coaching position one of the ten highest paid in college
hockey,” added Beauregard. “The hockey community is well aware of our investment in our program and we know we’re going to attract the absolute best coaching candidates
throughout North America."