Pat Ferschweiler is making the jump from college to the pro game.
The associate head coach at Western Michigan University announced that he is leaving his position with the Broncos to take an assistant coaching position with the Grand Rapids Griffins.
Ferschweiler spent four seasons as an assistant coach at WMU, joining the team the same year that Jeff Blashill arrived. With his move to Grand Rapids, the two will now be reunited in the AHL.
“We take a great deal of pride at Western Michigan when one of our players or coaches has an opportunity to move to the professional level,” current WMU head coach Andy Murray said in a press release. “We are excited about Pat's opportunity with Grand Rapids and the Red Wings organization. He's helped me a great deal in terms of my transition from professional hockey to the college game and has made a tremendous impact on all of our players.”
Ferschweiler, a WMU alum, joined the Broncos in 2010 and helped them reach the CCHA Championship Game, the NCAA Tournament and then helped the team in its transition to the NCHC.
“I am very proud and thankful of my time here at Western Michigan,” Ferschweiler said in a prepared statement. “I will continue to be a proud Bronco and will always be grateful for the way the WMU community has embraced my family.”
Ferschweiler will move on to a Grand Rapids Griffins team that won the Calder Cup in 2013 and reached the second round of the playoffs this past season. He replaces recently departed coach Jim Paek, who took a job with the Korean National Team in July.
“I am excited to add Pat to our staff,” Blashill said in a press release. “Having worked together at WMU, I know firsthand that Pat is an outstanding hockey coach. He excels in developing players, and he has a great hockey mind and a great ability to communicate his thoughts. Most importantly, Pat relates to his players and builds relationships that extend beyond his time coaching them. He'll be a great asset to the Griffins and Red Wings organizations.”
Ferschweiler is the second assistant coach to leave Western Michigan this offseason after Rob Facca accepted a scouting position with the Chicago Blackhawks.