Michigan Tech announced on Friday that it hired alum and longtime Michigan assistant Mel Pearson as its new hockey coach. Pearson actually turned down the job 2 1/2 weeks ago before reconsidering and accepting the position. Pearson, 52, is a Vancouver native but grew up in Minnesota and played hockey at Edina. He played at Tech from 1977 to 1981 and was a professional for 15 seasons after that. Pearson has spent the last 23 years as an assistant coach at Michigan under legendary coach Red Berenson.