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In 19 seasons at the helm of Miami Hockey, Enrico Blasi has helped Miami achieve what many thought could never be done in a small town in Southwest Ohio. Using a ‘team-first’ mantra and “The Brotherhood” ideals of responsibility, he ushered in a golden era that elevated the RedHawks from sporadic NCAA Tournament appearances to consistent national-title contender. The crowning achievements have come since 2009, when Miami made its first-ever Frozen Four and NCAA Championship Game appearance, followed by its second trip to the NCAA Frozen Four in 2010 and capturing two regular season conference titles (CCHA 2009-10 and 2012-13) and its first two conference tournament crowns (2011 Mason Cup and 2015 Frozen Faceoff) in program history.
With conference realignment dominating the college hockey landscape and affecting four separate leagues, Blasi helped the RedHawks form the ultra-competitive National Collegiate Hockey Conference prior to the 2013-14 season. Miami appeared in the NCHC Tournament finals in the league’s first two seasons, winning the Frozen Faceoff and securing a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament in 2015.
Trying to build a new core with a combined 27 freshmen on the rosters in the three seasons since, Miami has seen some individuals earn postseason accolades with Sean Kuraly earning NCHC Defensive Forward of the Year in 2015-16 and Anthony Louis earning NCHC Forward of the Year honors in 2016-17.
In 2014-15, Blasi led a resurgent RedHawk team to a 25-14-1 record and a second-place regular season NCHC finish, a 10-win and six-spot improvement from 2013-14. Miami returned to the NCHC Frozen Faceoff title game after outlasting Western Michigan in a three-game NCHC Playoff series before topping defending NCHC Tournament champion Denver, 6-3, in the semifinals. The RedHawks completed the journey through the tournament by downing St. Cloud State, 3-2, in the finals to net their first NCHC Tournament Championship and second conference tournament title in program history. That tournament title officially clinched the RedHawks’ ninth NCAA Tournament berth in 10 years, earning them a No. 1 seed in the NCAA East Regional.
That campaign washed the taste of a tough 2013-14 season that saw the Red and White miss the NCAA Tournament for the first time in nine seasons after finishing 15-20-3, though reaching the NCHC Frozen Faceoff title game. Despite the disappointing season, MU showed it could hang with the best the NCAA could offer, going a respectable 9-10-1 against all NCAA Tournament qualifying teams.
A 1994 graduate of Miami, Blasi took over the reins at his alma mater in 1999 as the youngest head coach in Division I hockey and has worked tirelessly ever since to make that family the strongest unit it can be. After earning 2010 College Hockey News and CollegeHockey247.com National Coach of the Year honors, the 2006 Spencer Penrose Award from the American Hockey Coaches Association (AHCA) for National Coach of the Year, and five CCHA Coach of the Year Awards, Blasi’s credentials speak for itself. The RedHawks have won 20 or more games 12 times in Blasi’s 19 seasons on the bench, qualified for the NCAA Tournament 10 times (all in the past 15 campaigns), captured three regular season and two conference tournament crowns and brought MU to two Frozen Fours. Prior to his arrival, Miami had won 20 or more games only five times in 21 years, with just two NCAA Tournament berths in that span.
It is Blasi’s devotion to his alma mater, and his ability to motivate his players both athletically and academically that prompted Director of Athletics David Sayler to ink Blasi to a 10-year contract extension following the 2012-13 season that keeps him in Oxford through the 2022-23 season. Blasi was also recognized for his work with his players both on and off the ice and in the community in 2011 by Miami’s School of Education, Health and Society, which presented him with the Profound Impact Award, given annually to Miami EHS alumni who are making a difference in both their profession and their community.
Additionally, Miami had a 12-year stretch where it produced at least one AHCA All-American each season, the only school in Division I to do so. The Red & White boasted nine Hobey Baker Award finalists during the 12-year stretch, including Miami’s first winner in Andy Miele in 2011, and three CCHA Players of the Year in the league’s final four seasons with Cody Reichard in 2009-10, Miele in 2010-11 and Austin Czarnik in 2012-13. Under Blasi’s guidance behind the bench, a total of 14 RedHawks have earned All-America status with four being named the CCHA Player of the Year.
In addition to cultivating individual success at Miami, Blasi has helped develop players at the next level as 29 RedHawks have signed NHL contracts since Blasi took over as head coach. A total of 28 RedHawks have also been drafted in the NHL since Blasi’s first year as head coach in 1999-2000 and breathed a life into the program never seen in its previous 21 seasons (detailed below).
|Before Blasi (1978-99; 21 seasons)||Under Blasi (1999-present; 19 seasons)|
|328-414-54 record (.446 win%)||387-288-72 (.566 win%)|
|5 20-win seasons||12 20-win seasons|
|2 NCAA Tournament Appearances||10 NCAA Tournament Appearances (2 Frozen Fours)|
|1 regular season conference title||3 regular season conference titles|
|0 conference tournament titles||2 conference tournament titles|
|5 All-Americans (awarded 6 times)||10 All-Americans (awarded 14 times)|
|0 Hobey Baker Award winners||1 Hobey Baker Award winner (Andy Miele; 2010-11)|
|11 NHL players (min. 1 NHL game)||23 NHL Players (min. 1 NHL game)|
As all good things do, it took time for Blasi to mold the RedHawks into the consistent national contender they are today. After taking over a team that went 11-20-5 in 1998-99, Blasi guided Miami to a seven-spot improvement in the CCHA standings (tied for second) and a 20-win season in just his second year at the helm. The RedHawks traded 20-win and 20-loss seasons over the first four years before finally breaking through to the NCAA Tournament with a 23-14-4 2003-04 season.
Two years later, the golden era of Miami hockey had officially started as they closed the old Goggin Arena with a regular season CCHA title and a 26-9-4 campaign that saw the RedHawks earn their first No. 1 national ranking in program history and Blasi himself was won the Spencer Penrose Award for AHCA National Coach of the Year that season. That began a string of eight-straight seasons of 23 or more victories, all of which saw the Red and White in the NCAA Tournament. In that span, MU posted an astounding 207-89-34 record (.679 win percentage), won three regular season CCHA titles, its first Mason Cup in school history, appeared in two Frozen Fours and stood a minute away from winning its first national title in 2009.
The first Miami hockey alumnus to return to his alma mater as the head coach, Blasi came to Miami after working four years--three as an assistant and one as a graduate assistant--under former Miami mentor George Gwozdecky at the University of Denver.
While in Denver, Blasi helped the Pioneers to two trips to the NCAA Tournament and three Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) upper-division finishes. His main responsibilities during that time included assisting in the Pioneers’ recruiting efforts and video analysis, as well as on-ice duties. During the 1998-99 season, Denver posted the NCAA’s largest turnaround, improving from an 11-25-2 mark in 1997-98 to 26-13-2 and capturing their league-record 12th postseason playoff championship by defeating then top-ranked North Dakota, 4-3.
Before going to Denver in 1994-95, Blasi spent one season as the assistant coach for the Wexford Raiders junior team.
As a player at Miami from 1990-1994, Blasi was a vital cog in the Red and White’s run to their first CCHA title in 1992-93 and first NCAA Tournament appearance that same season. As the captain of the 1993-94 squad, he finished third on the team in scoring with 28 points on 13 goals and 15 assists. His 123 career points are still tied for 25th on Miami’s all-time points list. Over the course of his playing career, Blasi helped the RedHawks to 71 victories. Combined with his coaching career, he has won 422 games at Miami.
A native of Weston, Ontario, Blasi earned his bachelor's degree in physical education from Miami. He resides in Oxford with his family.
Blasi's Coaching Achievements at Miami
• Five-time CCHA Coach of the Year (2000-01, 2003-04, 2005-06, 2009-10 and 2012-13) - second-most in CCHA history
• 2006 Spencer Penrose Award winner for AHCA National Coach of the Year
• Led Miami to three CCHA regular-season championships (2005-06, 2009-10 and 2012-13)
• Directed Miami to two conference tournament championships (2010-11 Mason Cup and 2014-15 Frozen Faceoff)
• Guided the RedHawks to 10 NCAA Tournaments
• Led Miami to back-to-back Frozen Four appearances (2009 and 2010), including the school's first-ever berth in 2009 when the RedHawks made the National Championship game
• All-time winningest coach in Miami hockey history (387 wins)
• Coached Miami to its first NCAA Tournament victory in 2007
• Saw the RedHawks earn their first No. 1 national ranking in any sport in 2006
• Produced 12 20-win seasons, including a school-record 33 wins in 2007-08
• Oversaw Miami's first Hobey Baker Award winner in 2011 (Andy Miele) and has coached 10 Hobey Baker Award finalists
• Coached 14 AHCA All-Americans and four CCHA Players of the Year
• Mentored 32 all-conference selections, including 13 first-team honorees, and 28 NHL draft picks under his tutelage
• A total of 29 RedHawks have gone on to sign NHL contracts after having Blasi as their coach
Blasi's Head Coach Record by Season