WMU announces new contracts for Ferschweiler, Morin, Jernigan and Clipfell.
KALAMAZOO, Mich. – Western Michigan Intercollegiate Athletics Department and Director of Athletics Dan Bartholome announced new contracts for the WMU head hockey coach Pat Ferschweilermen’s tennis head coach David Morinwomen’s gymnastics head coach Penny Jernigan and women’s basketball head coach Shane Clipfell.
Ferschweiler’s new contract runs until the 2025-26 season. In his first season at the helm, Ferschweiler coached the Broncos to unprecedented heights. WMU made the Froze Faceoff National Collegiate Hockey Conference Finals for the first time in program history, earned a No. 1 seed for the NCAA Tournament for the first time in program history, oversaw the program’s first-ever NCAA Tournament win, saw Ethen Frank become the first Bronco to lead the nation in goals and Frank and Ronnie Attard were both named AHCA All-Americans. WMU also maintained its academic success, with 27 student-athletes named NCHC Academic All-Conference. Senior Drew Worrad was named NCHC Senior Scholar Athlete of the Year and Worrad, Aidan Fulp and Jacob Bauer were named AHCA All-American Scholars.
“I am very happy to have the opportunity to guide the Bronco hockey program forward,” said Ferschweiler. “I want to thank AD Dan Bartholomae for his faith in me and my staff and the incredible support he has shown the hockey program. To be in charge of leading this program is a huge honor and a great responsibility. My staff and our players look forward to continuing the many firsts we achieved last season. Will we continue to raise the bar for Bronco hockey and pursue excellence in the classroom and on the ice. »
“It is no coincidence that Coach Ferschweiler enjoyed unprecedented success in his first year as head coach,” Bartholomae said. “He is the epitome of a Bronco – a gritty and determined alumnus who cares deeply about the experience of the student-athletes he coaches. His team not only made history on the ice, but also in class with a record 27 NCHC All-Academic Team Members. We know we are set for more historic performances with Fersch on our bench, and appreciate the continuity in leadership this provides to our program of hockey. Today is truly a BIG day to be a BRONCO.
Morin’s new contract runs until the 2026-27 season. Morin coached the Broncos to the program’s 27th Mid-American Conference regular season championship and then the program’s 14th MAC Tournament title. He was named MAC Coach of the Year for the 13th time in his WMU career, also seeing Anton Arzhankin named MAC Freshman of the Year and the Broncos earning three All-MAC selections at Arzhankin, Pierre Kuszynski and Fynn Lohse. Seven Broncos went on to earn All-MAC academic honors after the season.
“I would like to thank President Montgomery and our AD Dan Bartholome for their trust and belief in the vision our student-athletes and staff have for our men’s tennis program,” said Morin. for more than 25 years and we are delighted with this long-term commitment. Go Broncos!”
“We are all blessed to witness one of the finest coaching careers in Western Michigan University and Mid-American Conference history,” Bartholomae said. “Coach Morin’s reign as head coach includes 13 MAC Coach of the Year honors, 14 MAC Tournament Championships and 12 MAC Regular Season Championships. His teams not only compete at the highest level, but serve also role model students and citizens on our campus and in our community. It is an honor to recognize Coach Morin’s tenure at WMU with this multi-year contract extension, and I am thrilled to partner with him. for many years to come.
Jernigan’s contract runs through the 2024-25 season. The Broncos have qualified the past two seasons for the NCAA championship under Jernigan, an unprecedented achievement in program history. She coached the Broncos to a 2020 MAC Championship and helped the Broncos win seven individual titles during her tenure. WMU continues to excel academically under Jernigan, whose 2018 and 2019 teams had the nation’s second-highest GPA in the sport.
“It’s a huge honor,” Jernigan said. “I am grateful every day to have the opportunity to lead our women’s gymnastics team. The nationally recognized success of our program is a direct reflection of the incredible student-athletes, assistant coaches, administrators and support staff that we have here in Western Michigan. I’m so grateful to AD Bartholomae for believing in us and I look forward to continuing to build on the many accomplishments we’ve achieved together thus far. Go Broncos!”
“We’ve had an unprecedented streak of success in our gymnastics program, having qualified for the NCAA Championship for two consecutive seasons under Coach Jernigan,” Bartholomae said. “His teams have achieved team and individual recognition at the highest levels of the MAC, and continue to reach new heights academically with a Top 10 GPA nationally and 16 WGCA Scholar All-Americans in 2022. The future is bright for our gymnastics program.”
Clipfell’s contract runs until 2024-25. He is the third most winning coach in the program with 148 total wins and the second most wins in the MAC with 80. Under his leadership, 14 Broncos have earned All-MAC honors and 34 have been All-Academic selections. MAC. He also coached the program’s all-time leading rebounder, Breanna Mobley.
“It’s been such an exciting time at college and I’m so grateful for the support and trust that both Dan Bartholome and President Montgomery introduced me. I have always viewed this job as an absolute privilege and responsibility for all former and current Broncos and we must continue to strive for excellence. The landscape of college athletics may be changing, but dedication to our student-athletes is and always will be our top priority.
“Coach Clipfell’s program is on an upward trajectory both competitively and academically, and we are excited to extend her tenure as head coach of women’s basketball,” added Bartholomae. “Shane’s teams have regularly qualified for the MAC Championship and recently represented WMU in a reduced field in Cleveland. Additionally, his program set a record in 2022 with 10 All-MAC Academic selections. and we are thrilled to have Coach Clipfell lead these exceptional women.”