Former Princeton women’s hockey assistant Ruzzi takes over as head coach at Brown



Brown has employed Melanie Ruzzi because the Bears’ subsequent ladies’s hockey head coach.

No stranger to the ECAC and Ivy League, Ruzzi involves Brown with seven years of teaching expertise within the conferences.

“We’re delighted to welcome Mel to the Brown Athletics neighborhood,” stated Brown vp for athletics and recreation M. Grace Calhoun, PhD in an announcement. “By her background domestically at Windfall Faculty, along with her expertise at three Ivy League establishments and USA Hockey, Mel shortly rose to the highest of a particularly robust and aggressive candidate pool. We really feel that she is the right match to revive Brown ladies’s ice hockey to prominence and can’t wait to welcome her, alongside along with her associate Katie Guay, once they arrive on Faculty Hill.”

Ruzzi most just lately loved two profitable seasons as an assistant coach at Princeton. In her time with the Tigers, Princeton set a program wins report with 26, reached the ECAC match remaining for the primary time and received the ECAC match title for the primary time in 2019-20. The staff certified for the NCAA quarterfinals, however the occasion was canceled by the NCAA because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I’m grateful to Dr. Grace Calhoun, Kim Insalaco and members of the search committee for the chance to guide this storied hockey program,” stated Ruzzi. “Brown College is a prestigious establishment with a uniquely welcoming campus and neighborhood. I’m proud that I get to introduce Brown to potential student-athletes and interact the unimaginable ladies’s hockey alumnae as we work to return the staff to the highest of the Ivy League and the ECAC. Greater than something, I can’t wait to get to know the staff, construct our employees and luxuriate in each step of the journey we’re taking collectively.”

Ruzzi started her teaching profession at Amherst in 2005, the place she acted as an assistant coach for 2 seasons. From 2007 to 2011, she was an assistant coach at Harvard earlier than returning to her alma mater, Windfall, for six years as affiliate head coach.

Her involvement in hockey exceeds the collegiate ranks. She has been concerned with USA Hockey since 2006, and is at the moment an assistant coach for the USA Below-18 World Championship Staff.

A 2003 graduate of Windfall, Ruzzi was staff captain in 2002-03 and helped the Friars to the ECAC Jap title as a junior and the inaugural Hockey East title in 2003.


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