Associate Head Coach
Bill Muckalt enters his first season as associate head coach for the University of Michigan ice hockey team in 2017-18; being named to the position in the summer of 2017.
A four-year letterwinner (1995-98) and two-time national champion at U-M, Muckalt returns to his alma mater after spending the past two seasons as head coach and general manager of the Tri-City Storm of the United States Hockey League. Prior to his stint with the Storm, Muckalt served as an assistant coach at Michigan Tech for four years under Pearson after a successful career in the NHL.
“Billy has had great success everywhere he has coached,” Pearson said. “Having won two national championships, he is familiar with the winning tradition of Michigan hockey. Billy will be a great addition to our staff, and I’m extremely excited to be bringing him back to Ann Arbor. Our players will really benefit from his experience and knowledge of the game”
“I am humbled and privileged to be back at Michigan — it’s a special place,” said Muckalt. “I’m excited to work with Mel again and looking forward to working with Brian (Wiseman), Steve (Shields) and the rest of the staff. I can’t wait to start getting to know our student-athletes and helping them develop and help them reach their dreams and goals. I look forward to embracing the tradition and enriching the future of Michigan Hockey.”
The Muckalt File
» In his two seasons with Tri-City, Muckalt’s team recorded 49-46-16-9 record and captured its first Clark Cup in franchise history during the 2015-16 season.
» During the 2015-16 championship season, Muckalt’s team went on a franchise-record 13-game point streak and ended the playoffs with the most goals scored and fewest goals allowed in the USHL.
» Muckalt became the fifth coach in Tier-1 history of the USHL to win a championship in the first season as head coach, joining current Detroit Red Wings head coach Jeff Blashill.
» In 2014-15 alongside Pearson, Muckalt helped guide Michigan Tech to a 29-10-2 record, which was tied for the most wins in college hockey, and a berth in the NCAA Tournament. The Huskies earned their first No. 1 national ranking since 1976 while boasting the largest goal differential in NCAA DI, with a 1.80 goals against average and 3.51 goals per game.
» Previously held head coaching positions at the junior level with the Valencia Flyers of the Western States Hockey League (2009-10) and New Mexico Mustangs of the North American Hockey League (2010-11).
» Began his coaching career at Eastern Michigan with its American Collegiate Hockey Association DI team in 2006-07 before moving up to head coach the following season.
» Had a five-year NHL career with the Vancouver Canucks, New York Islanders, Ottawa Senators and Minnesota Wild. Muckalt tallied 97 career points (40 goals, 57 assists), with his most productive season coming as a rookie with Vancouver when he posted 16 goals and 20 assists in 73 games.
» Over his four-year career at U-M, helped the Wolverines to 133 wins and two national championships while posting 105 career goals and 226 total points. Ranks seventh in program history with 226 points, sixth in goals (105), and ninth in assists (121). Earned All-America first team honors and was a Hobey Baker Award finalist during senior season in 1997-98.
» A Surrey, British Columbia, native, Muckalt graduated from Michigan in 1998 with a degree in sports management and communications.
Brian Wiseman was hired as an assistant coach at his alma mater in the summer of 2011. His duties include evaluating and recruiting future players, developing on-ice practice plans and implementing in-game strategies.
Wiseman returned to Michigan after spending the 2010-11 season as an assistant coach for the American Hockey League’s Houston Aeros, a Minnesota Wild affiliate. Wiseman helped the Aeros reach the Calder Cup final after a second-place division finish. He also served as an assistant coach at Princeton University in 2003-04. Wiseman was a video coach for the Dallas Stars in 2002-03 with head coach Dave Tippett and served as the Michigan ice hockey team’s administrative assistant in 2000-01 and ’01-02.
During his collegiate hockey career, Wiseman was a standout center for the Wolverines from 1990-91 to 1993-94. In 166 career games, he racked up 348 points, which ranks third all-time for the program, and his 164 assists are second-best. An inductee of the U-M Deker Blue Line Club Hall of Fame, Wiseman is one of just seven U-M players to notch 50 assists in one season (1993-94). He was a member of U-M’s first CCHA regular-season championship team (1991-92) and its first CCHA Tournament winner (1994), and he won a second CCHA regular-season crown in 1993-94.
Wiseman’s four years at Michigan started the school’s streak of 22 consecutive NCAA Tournament berths, a national record. His teams reached the 1992 and 1993 Frozen Four. As a senior captain, he led U-M in scoring (19-50-69), was voted a Hobey Baker Memorial Award finalist, earned All-America first team, and picked up All-CCHA first team recognition. He led off his career by garnering CCHA Rookie of the Year in 1990-91 when he tallied a 25-33-58 line, the second-highest point total by any Wolverine freshman. He was also picked for the CCHA All-Rookie team.
A selection by the New York Rangers in the 1991 NHL Entry Draft (12th round, 257th overall), Wiseman appeared in three NHL games, all with the Toronto Maple Leafs in 1996-97. He had six strong seasons between the IHL and the AHL. In 446 career minor league games, he totaled 515 points on 145 goals and 370 assists. In 1998-99, he was the IHL’s leading scorer and Most Valuable Player while leading the Aeros to the Turner Cup. He also captained the Aeros in 1999-2000. Wiseman holds a Bachelor of Science degree in physical education.
A native of Chatham, Ontario, Wiseman and his wife, Brandee, reside in Ann Arbor with their two daughters Chloe and Cameron.