Former Miami coach Enrico Blasi accepted a job within the athletic department at Providence on Thursday.
Blasi will be the Friars’ associate athletic director, overseeing PC’s men’s and women’s hockey teams as well as Schneider Arena.
Blasi was the head coach of the RedHawks for 20 seasons, taking over the program at age 27 in 1999. He won 398 games for Miami and led the team to 10 NCAA Tournament berths, including a pair of Frozen Fours before being let go in March of 2019.
Blasi is extremely familiar with the men’s hockey staff. He has maintained an excellent relationship with head coach Nate Leaman, as PC and Miami played each other annually for a number of years.
Also, Friars assistant coach Joel Beal was hired by Blasi to the same role in 2018 and coached in Oxford for one season before current coach Chris Bergeron took over and brought in his own coaching staff.
Providence has qualified for the NCAA Tournament six straight seasons (not counting this year when it was canceled due to COVID 19) and won a national championship in 2015. The Friars’ first round opponent that season was Miami, which they beat, 7-5.