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STORRS, Conn. – UConn men’s hockey head coach Mike Cavanaugh announced the additions of Mike Pereira and Joe Ferriss to his coaching staff.  Pereira will join the Huskies as an assistant coach while Ferriss returns to UConn as the director of hockey operations.

“We are thrilled to be adding Mike and Joe to our program,” stated Cavanaugh.  “Mike is a tremendous young coach who will bring his knowledge and enthusiasm for the game to the rink every day to help our team continue to get better.  He has done a fantastic job in his time at Avon Old Farms and was an accomplished player in Hockey East and knows this league well.  And as he follows his brother Joe (Pereira) on our staff, we are excited we can keep it in the family.”

“As a program, we are excited to welcome Joe back to our program,” Cavanaugh commented.  “As a former coach on our staff, and player for us as well, Joe has great knowledge of our program and how we operate on and off the ice.  He will be a tremendous asset for us and we are thrilled he will be returning to Storrs.”


Michael Pereira

Assistant Coach

Head Coach Mike Cavanaugh announced the hiring of Michael Pereira as an assistant coach with the program starting in the 2022-23 season. 

Pereira joins Coach Cavanaugh’s staff after spending the past five years at Avon Old Farms School where he most recently served as the Associate Head Coach with the hockey program.  He worked with players throughout the year on skill development on the ice as well as video breakdowns.  He also handled the recruiting process for the hockey program.

While at Avon Old Farms, Pereira also held the position of Associate Director of Admissions with the school, consulting with prospective families while fostering relationships throughout the year.  He was also in an advisory role for current students at the institution while monitoring their individual progress both in and out of the classroom.

Pereira earned a degree in communications from the University of Massachusetts in 2014, where he played for the Minutemen.  He finished his career with tied for sixth place in career points at UMass with 107 and was one of five players in school history to finish with 50 goals and 100 points in their respective careers.  He was the 2011 Hockey East Co-Rookie of the Year and named to the NCAA All-Rookie team. 

After graduating, Pereira played professionally for three seasons including stops with the AHL’s Worcester Sharks, Bridgeport Sound Tigers and Utica Comets and the ECHL’s Stockton Thunder and Reading Royals.  At the conclusion of his playing career, he returned to his high school alma mater in Avon Old Farms where during his playing days he helped lead them to 2010 New England Prep School Championship and was an All-New England, All-Conference and Team MVP.

Pereira has also served as an instructor for the Connecticut Elite Hockey Camp since 2010 where he has worked teaching conditioning, training, and skills to players ranging from six years of age to high school young adults, with a focus on high school level players.


Joe Ferriss

Director of Hockey Operations

Joe Ferriss will return to his alma mater and UConn head coach Mike Cavanaugh‘s staff as the Director of Hockey Operations.  Ferriss begins his second stint with the Huskies after serving as a graduate assistant coach on the staff for two seasons from 2018-2020.

Ferriss makes his return to Storrs after spending the 2021-22 season as an assistant coach at Wesleyan University.  Working under head coach and former Husky Chris Potter, Ferriss’s main responsibilities included recruiting prospective student-athletes to the University, practice planning and implementation, and in-game tactical instruction. Along with setting game plans for the team, he also worked with the team’s defensemen and penalty kill.

After graduating from UConn in 2016 with a degree in exercise science, he began his coaching career working with the Boston Bandits NCDC of the USPHL in Bridgewater, Massachusetts where he was an assistant coach and served as the strength and conditioning coach.  He was involved with all aspects of the program including on-ice practice planning, game video breakdown and analysis, skating and skill sessions as well as designing and implementing strength and conditions programs for both in-season and off-season.

He returned to Storrs in the fall of 2018 for his first collegiate coaching job on Coach Cavanaugh’s staff, assisting the program with video breakdown of games and practices, developing scouting reports and practice plans, and overseeing undergraduate student managers day-to-day responsibilities.

Prior to graduating from UConn, Ferriss interned with the UConn Sports Performance department where he assisted with coaching workouts for seven different varsity athletic programs.  He designed and implemented the baseball freshmen summer training program and assisted with the staff on team program design.  He worked directly with student-athletes on instructional training techniques and development.

During his playing days, Ferriss had 32 career points on 14 goals and 18 assists in 120 games.  Off the ice, he was a Dean’s List student-athlete from 2012 through 2015, a three-time recipient of all-academic honors from both Atlantic Hockey and Hockey East and named a UConn Senior Scholar-Athlete award recipient.

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