Associate Head Coach
Billy Powers joined the Michigan coaching staff in 1992-93, and was promoted to associate head coach following the 2010-11 season. He shares responsibility for planning and running strategy sessions and daily on-ice practices, as well as evaluating current players and recruiting future Wolverines. He was instrumental in bringing together the talented group of Michigan players who eventually brought home NCAA Championships in 1996 and 1998.
In 2006, Powers received the Terry Flanagan Award from the American Hockey Coaches’ Association for his career body of work as an assistant coach. A native of Somerville, Massachusetts, Powers was a ninth round selection (184th overall) by the Philadelphia Flyers in the 1984 NHL draft.
Powers began his collegiate hockey career at NCAA Division II St. Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire, where he earned the 1984-85 NCAA Division II Rookie of the Year award after totaling 35 goals and 60 points. Powers transferred to Michigan the following year, becoming a member of head coach Red Berenson’s first recruiting class in 1985. He went on to earn three varsity letters at right wing (1986-88), totaling 107 career points (50-57-107) in 114 games. A career highlight for Powers was his first Michigan hat trick on Jan. 18, 1986, in the Wolverines’ 11-10 overtime victory over defending NCAA champion Rensselaer. Powers led all U-M goal scorers in his senior season with 22 markers.
When his playing career concluded, Powers remained with the Wolverine ice hockey program as a graduate assistant coach, serving the 1988-89 and 1989-90 seasons under Berenson. He then spent two seasons (1990-92) as an assistant on the staff of former Michigan assistant Larry Pedrie at the University of Illinois-Chicago before returning to Ann Arbor.
Powers and his wife, Mary Jo (Cuppone), were married in August 1999 and have two sons – Shane and Tyler.
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.