The Huskies bring on the younger brother of Joe Pereira, who left the staff for BU last week.
UConn men’s hockey will hire Mike Pereira as its new assistant coach, a source told The UConn Blog. Pereira is the younger brother of former associate head coach Joe Pereira, who left for the same position at Boston University last week. He was offered, and accepted, the job on Wednesday and will start next week.
Pereira has spent the last five years as an assistant coach at Avon Old Farms, one of the top prep schools for hockey in New England. UConn will be his first collegiate job.
Before coaching, Pereira had an impressive four-year career at UMass from 2010-14, where he racked up 53 goals and 54 assists in 135 games. After graduating, he played professionally for four seasons in the AHL and ECHL before retiring in 2017.
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While Pereira is inexperienced at the college level, head coach Mike Cavanaugh prefers young assistant coaches who are hungry and can be molded.
When Cavanaugh arrived at UConn, he hired the elder Pereira and Mike Souza, who eventually became the head coach at New Hampshire. Cavanaugh then gave Brendan Buckley his first job as an assistant and when he departed for Boston College, the coach promoted graduate assistant Tyler Helton to fill the opening on the staff. Including the younger Pereira, the average age of Cavanaugh’s assistant coaching hires is 31.0 years old.
Pereira isn’t the only new addition to the Huskies’ staff this offseason. Joe Ferriss has returned to the program as the new Director of Hockey Operations, replacing Paul Devlin. Ferriss played at UConn from 2012-16, totaling 14 goals and 18 assists in 120 games.
He spent a year as an assistant with the Boston Jr. Bandits of the NCDC before returning to Storrs as a graduate assistant with the team from 2018-2021. Last season, he coached at Division III Wesleyan in Middletown, Connecticut.
The Huskies’ coaching staff is now complete with Pereira joining Helton — who will return for his fifth season on the bench — as assistants to Cavanaugh.