OXFORD, Ohio – Coming on the heels of a Central Collegiate Hockey Association regular-season championship and an NCAA Tournament berth, Miami University Director of Athletics David Sayler announced Monday that head hockey coach Enrico Blasi has signed a new 10-year contract that will keep him at the helm of the RedHawks through the 2022-23 season. Blasi’s original contract expired after the 2016-17 season as the new deal provides another six-year extension.
“The hockey program at Miami has reached unprecedented success both on and off the ice during Coach Blasi’s tenure and we wanted to ensure that continues for many years to come. I am excited to announce that we have reached an extension that will keep him behind the bench at Miami for at least 10 more years,” Sayler said. “As Miami Hockey heads into a new conference next year, we felt this extension ensures stability for the future of the program as it continues to compete for league and national championships.”
Blasi recently completed his 14th season at his alma mater, where he has posted a record of 311-196-53. The winningest coach in program history, he ranks 16th nationally among active coaches in all-time wins. Blasi is a five-time CCHA Coach of the Year, which is second-most in league history, including claiming the honor again this past season. The 1994 Miami graduate also won the Spencer Penrose National Coach of the Year Award in 2005-06. Next season, Blasi will lead the RedHawks into the newly formed National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC), of which Miami was a founding member, as the league begins its first year of operation.
“Miami holds a special place in my heart, having both played and coached here, and I am delighted and honored that President Hodge, Mr. Sayler and the entire University administration has placed faith in me to lead this program for the foreseeable future,” Blasi said. “We are excited to be heading into the National Collegiate Hockey Conference that will provide us new challenges and I am thankful for the opportunity to lead this great program going forward. We will continue to strive towards our ultimate goal of a national championship.”
During Blasi’s tenure, Miami has won three CCHA regular-season titles, including the final one this past season, and the program’s only Mason Cup championship for winning the 2011 CCHA Tournament. The RedHawks have appeared in nine NCAA Tournaments with Blasi at the helm, including each of the last eight years, which is the second-longest active streak in the country (behind fellow NCHC school North Dakota). Blasi guided Miami to its only Frozen Four appearances in program history, including a berth in the national championship game in 2009. Miami’s .679 win percentage over the last eight seasons (since 2005-06) is second-best in the country behind only Boston College (.686). During those eight years, the RedHawks finished in the top four in the CCHA standings each season, the only program in the league to do so, earning a first-round bye in the playoffs each time.
Several RedHawks have received individual recognition under Blasi’s tutelage, including 12 All-Americans. Miami has had at least one All-American each of the last 10 years, which is the longest active streak in the country, including sophomore Austin Czarnik this year. Blasi also mentored Miami’s first Hobey Baker Award winner in Andy Miele in 2011, while four RedHawks have won CCHA Player of the Year with Blasi behind the bench. The on-ice success has continued at the professional level, as well, as a total of 23 RedHawks have inked NHL contracts during the Blasi era, including 18 in the last five years.
Miami returns 20 players from a 2012-13 team that finished 25-12-5 and opens the 2013-14 season Oct. 11 at Ohio State. The RedHawks will play in the first ever NCHC contest on Oct. 18 when Miami hosts North Dakota.