St. Thomas introduced Friday the hiring of Rico Blasi as its new males’s hockey head coach.
Blasi will lead the Tommies’ transition into Division I hockey play beginning subsequent fall as UST is shifting to Division I in all sports activities beginning with the 2021-22 season.
The 49-year-old Blasi will be a part of the Tommies from Windfall, the place he has served since October 2020 because the affiliate athletic director for males’s and ladies’s hockey.
Blasi averaged 20 wins a season over his 20-year period as Miami head coach (1999-2019). The 2005-06 nationwide coach of the yr, Blasi took the RedHawks to 10 NCAA match appearances highlighted by one championship recreation berth (2008-09) and one different Frozen 4 look (2009-10).
He was Division I hockey’s youngest head coach in 1999 when at age 27 he was employed at Miami, his alma mater.
Blasi will make a return to the CCHA, the place he received 5 league coach of the yr honors throughout his first 14 seasons.
The unique CCHA disbanded after the 2012-13 season, however a brand new CCHA was introduced this yr. St. Thomas is one in all eight members of the brand new CCHA which begins play in 2021-22.
The Tommies led NCAA Division III males’s hockey packages in all-time victories, and simply accomplished their thirty ninth consecutive successful season. Jeff Boeser, who coached St. Thomas the final 11 seasons, introduced final fall his plans to retire on the finish of the 2020-21 season.
St. Thomas will formally introduce Blasi on Tuesday, April 6 at a 1 p.m. CST information convention on its St. Paul campus.