Billy Powers enters his 22nd season on the coaching staff of the University of Michigan in 2014-15. 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 the NCAA Championships in 1996 and 1998. Powers was promoted to his current position of Associate Head Coach following the 2010-11 season.
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, Mass., Powers was a ninth round selection (184th overall) of the Philadelphia Flyers in the 1984 NHL draft. Powers began his collegiate hockey career at NCAA Division II St. Anselm College in Manchester, N.H., 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 (1986-87-88) at right wing, 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 at the start of the 1992-93 campaign.
Powers and his wife, Mary Jo (Cuppone), were married in August 1999 and have two sons -- Shane (5) and Tyler (4).
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