by Amy Moritz
A new face will be behind the bench in Atlantic Hockey as David Berard was named the new head coach at Holy Cross today. He takes over the program after Paul Pearl resigned after 19 seasons to take the associate head coaching job at Harvard.
Berard was a longtime assistant at Providence, his alma mater, and served as the interim head coach at the Connecticut for the majority of the 2012-2013 season. During that season the Huskies finished the year 10-3-2, sweeping Robert Morris in the Atlantic Hockey quarterfinal series before losing in the conference semifinals.
A 1992 graduate of Providence, he was a goaltender for the Friars with one of the most successful classes in that program's history. In his four-year career, the Friars won 87 games and twice qualified for the NCAA tournament.
The Crusaders went 11-13-3 in conference play this past season, 14-22-3 overall. The team won two Atlantic Hockey titles and advanced to the NCAA tournament in 2004 and 2006.