Rob Facca and Pat Ferschweiler Promoted to Associate Head Coach
Both Facca and Ferschweiler joined the WMU hockey team as assistants for the 2010-11 season under former head coach Jeff Blashill. The pair were integral to helping the Broncos return to the CCHA Championship game for the first time since 1986 and the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1996. Murray insisted both stay on the coaching staff when he took over during the 2011-12 season.
“Rob and Pat have been vital to the resurgence and continuing success of Bronco hockey,” said Murray. “Through the hard work and dedication they have shown to this program they have earned these titles and I am very happy for them.”
Facca has been responsible for coaching the team’s power play and has served as the recruiting coordinator for the past three seasons. During his time here WMU had at least one freshman on the All-CCHA Rookie team each season. Two freshmen, Chase Balisy and Danny DeKeyser, were named Inside College Hockey Freshmen All-Americans during the 2010-11 season. Prior to his time with Western Michigan he was an assistant at Northern Michigan under head coach Walt Kyle from 2007-10.
Ferschweiler came back to his alma mater after creating the Russel Stover Midget program in Kansas City. With an eye for development, he has helped the team improve over the past three seasons. Defensemen in particular have developed well with help from Ferschweiler. Matt Tennyson was a finalist for CCHA Best Offensive Defenseman of the Year and DeKeyser won CCHA Best Defensive Defensemen in back-to-back seasons. Last season freshman Kenney Morrison was also a finalist for CCHA Best Offensive Defenseman and was a member of the CCHA All-Rookie team, while Dane Walters was named the CCHA Best Defensive Forward. Ferschweiler played three seasons with the Broncos from 1990-93 and was the first Bronco to be named the CCHA’s Best Defensive Forward. He also captained the team during the 1992-93 season and graduated early to play professional hockey.
With the pair helping out Murray and Blashill on the bench, the Broncos have won 59 games in the past three seasons and have made two NCAA Tournament appearances. Western Michigan won its first CCHA Tournament Championship since 1986 in 2012 and the 2012 NCAA appearance marked the first time in program history the team had made back-to-back appearances.