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Pearl resigns as Holy Cross hockey coach

There is another head coaching vacancy in college hockey.

Paul Pearl has resigned as head coach at Holy Cross of Atlantic Hockey, the school announced Friday. Pearl coached the Crusaders for 19 seasons, posting a 297-293-69 record. Holy Cross made the NCAA tournament in 2004 and 2006. In 2006, the Crusaders upset Minnesota, 4-3, in the first round.

Various reports have Pearl becoming an assistant coach at Harvard.

This is the second time this week that a college hockey coach resigned. On Monday, Princeton coach Bob Prier stepped down after three seasons.

As I mentioned in my blog about Prier, Union assistant coach Joe Dumais could be a candidate for that job. Now, with the Holy Cross opening, Dumais could be in the mix there. He knows the conference, having been an assistant coach at UConn. Dumais served as Union's interim coach when head coach Rick Bennett was suspended four games for his role in the Mayor's Cup postgame brawl with RPI. Dumais guided the Dutchmen to a 3-1 record.

Another possible candidate would be Providence assistant coach Ben Barr. The former RPI player and Union assistant coach was a finalist for the Lake Superior State head coaching job.

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