Providence hiring former Miami RedHawks hockey coach


Former Miami University RedHawks hockey head coach Rico Blasi is taking over as associate athletic director for men’s/women’s hockey & Schneider Arena at Providence College, according to a report Wednesday via Twitter from ESPN’s John Buccigross.

Blasi, 48, was MU’s head coach from 1999 until he was dismissed in March of last year. He was a five-time CCHA Coach of the Year, and was named National Coach of the Year in 2005-06.

Rico Blasi played at Miami from 1990 to 1994 and returned to coach his alma mater in 1999. (Photo: Enquirer file)

With Blasi as coach, the RedHawks’ record was 398-311-76, and they reached 10 NCAA Tournaments. They made two Frozen Four appearances, and one in the National Championship.

Blasi also played at Miami from 1990 to 1994.

In April of last year, Chris Bergeron was named the sixth head coach in MU hockey history.

Providence head coach Nate Leaman led the Friars to an upset of Blasi and No. 1 seed Miami in the 2015 NCAA East Regional en route to PC’s first Frozen Four appearance since 1985.

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