Paul Pearl knows a lot about what it takes to play at the Division 1 college hockey level. Prior to joining Cushing Academy in 2021, he was associate head coach at Boston University. Before that, he was associate head coach at Harvard. The bulk of his experience came as the head coach at Holy Cross for 19 years.
At Cushing, Pearl has a unique job — trying to balance building a winner with putting players in the best position to play college hockey post-Cushing. He’s also the director of player development for Mass. Hockey, giving him a good glimpse into the extensive talent pool in Massachusetts.
The Penguins went 17-7-3 last season en route to an Elite 8 berth, where they fell to Avon Old Farms, 6-0. Cushing has three Division 1 commits this season — Ethan Gardula (UConn), Landan Resendes (Boston College) and Ryan Philbrick (New Hampshire).
Pearl joined RinkWise host Stephanie Wood on the latest episode to discuss his career, building a winner at Cushing and developing talent.