PC Hires Former Miami, OH Head Men’s Hockey Coach Rico Blasi as Associate AD
Providence College Athletic Director Bob Driscoll has announced the hiring of Rico Blasi as Associate Athletic Director for Men’s and Women’s Hockey on Thursday, October 22. Blasi will provide leadership, management, and administrative oversight to the men’s and women’s ice hockey programs, as well as day-to-day supervision of Schneider Arena programs and events.
“We are excited that Rico will be joining our staff in Friartown,” Driscoll said. “He has a tremendous amount of experience in college hockey and I believe he will be an excellent resource for our athletic department. His knowledge and desire to help our programs improve was one of the many aspects that impressed me.”
Blasi spent 20 seasons (1999-2019) as the Head Coach for the Miami University men’s hockey team, where he guided the RedHawks to national prominence with back-to-back NCAA Frozen Four appearances in 2009 (semifinalist) and 2010 (finalist). Blasi’s teams also boasted three CCHA regular season titles (2006, 2010, 2013), a CCHA tournament title (2011) and an NCHC tournament championship (2015). During his tenure, the RedHawks appeared in 10 NCAA Tournaments, including eight-consecutive appearances from 2006-13.
Blasi’s success on the ice earned him five CCHA Coach of the Year awards (2001, 2004, 2006, 2010, 2013) and a Spencer Penrose National Coach of the Year award in 2006. His teams posted a .555 winning percentage (398-311-76) in 20 seasons, while producing a Hobey Baker Award winner, 10 Hobey Baker finalists, 15 All-Americans and four CCHA Player of the Year recipients. Blasi has also served as the Chair of the NCAA Hockey Rules Committee (2005-07), on the AHCA Board of Governors (2005-08) and as AHCA President (2017-20).
Prior to coaching the RedHawks, Blasi spent four seasons at the University of Denver as an assistant coach (1995-99).
A native of Weston, Ontario, Blasi earned a Bachelor of Science degree in education from Miami University in 1994. As a student-athlete, he totaled 128 points in 151 games played (1990-94) for the RedHawks and captained the team in his senior season.
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