Red Berenson is one of 12 people to coach more than 1,000 men’s college hockey games (photo: Melissa Wade).

Michigan coach Red Berenson plans to return for a 33rd season in 2016-17.

Berenson made the announcement at a booster club banquet on Sunday. His contract was to expire after this season.

“I’m excited about the direction of the program and the challenge of working with our student-athletes to improve on a daily basis and achieve our goal of winning championships,” Berenson said in a statement released by the school. “This season has been inspiring for our team, our staff, and the fans. Our success has been the motivation to return to help the program take another step forward. I feel fortunate to be at Michigan and appreciate the support from our new athletic director.”

After three straight seasons missing the NCAA tournament, the Wolverines made it to the regional final this season, losing to North Dakota after a first-round overtime victory over Notre Dame in Cincinnati.

Berenson, who is 835-407-89 in 32 seasons coaching at his alma mater, was named the Big Ten’s coach of the year in 2015-16.

He’s second to Boston College’s Jerry York among active coaches on the college hockey wins list, and fourth overall. Berenson is one of 12 to coach more than 1,000 men’s college hockey games.

“I look forward to Red continuing as our coach because of his leadership and commitment to academic and athletic excellence as well as his commitment to the University of Michigan,” Michigan athletic director Warde Manuel said. “These are core principles that we stick by, and they have guided Coach Berenson’s distinguished tenure at Michigan.”

  • siouxinminny

    When he does retire are there any obvious replacements?

    • DrunkTrainPolka

      So help me it isn’t Mel Pearson…


      • fox5.2

        it will be one Mr Mel Pearson after Red retires.

        • cb in austin

          Mel was an assistant at U of M for 23 years. He’s done everything there is to do in A2. He still has work to do at Tech.

  • Brian

    This is a non-story until he announces he won’t be back.

  • tom

    No his replacement will be one of his long time assistance Billy Power, he also played for Red in the late 80’s

  • mark

    Glad to hear that Red is coming back as is a class person and really cares about his players and wants them to graduate. My wife is a Michigan fan and I am a gopher fan and I do respect Mr. Berenson for what he has done for the university and for the sport. I don’t believe when he retires will be Mel Pearson as I believe he did want it but seems happy at his Tech and has a long term contract.