The College of St. Thomas introduced on Friday morning that former Miami head coach Rico Blasi would be the new head coach for the Tommies males’s hockey group as they transition into Division I subsequent season.
St. Thomas positioned a heavy emphasis on discovering an skilled “program builder” to information this system as they transfer from Division III into Division I subsequent season. Blasi has loads of expertise, serving as head coach at Miami for 20 seasons from 1999 to 2019, together with presiding over far and away essentially the most profitable interval in Miami’s historical past. The RedHawks made 10 NCAA nationwide tournaments over a 12-year interval, together with back-to-back journeys to the Frozen 4 in 2009 and 2010.
Extra not too long ago, Blasi served as affiliate athletic director for males’s and girls’s hockey at Windfall, overseeing administrative and administration duties for this system.
Blasi will head to St. Thomas with a close to clean slate. There has arguably by no means been a greater time for a group to start out recent in D-I faculty hockey with a whole lot of gamers opting into the NCAA’s switch portal to reap the benefits of the additional 12 months of eligibility and penalty-free switch allowed by the NCAA as a result of Covid-19 pandemic. Although the Tommies received’t have the flexibility to compete for an NCAA Match bid for 5 years on account of NCAA guidelines on opt-ups, they need to have the flexibility to be nearly instantly aggressive within the newly-formed CCHA if they can discover the fitting gamers.