OXFORD, Ohio - Miami University head hockey coach Enrico Blasi has announced a new addition to The Brotherhood in Ben Eaves.
Eaves joins the RedHawks as their Director of Human Performance & Wellness, serving in a crucial role in developing the team in the gym and on the ice.
"We are thrilled to be able to add Ben to our staff," Blasi said. "His accomplishments in the game of hockey speak for themselves, but most importantly he is a great leader and high quality person that fits right in with our culture. He will be a great role model for our players and play an integral part in their overall development. We couldn't be more excited to have him on board."
Eaves comes to Oxford after spending the 2016-17 season as Head Strength & Conditioning Coach and Assistant Hockey Coach at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota. He also served as an assistant coach for the Oles during the 2014-15 campaign. In between those two seasons, Eaves was the Assistant AD, Director of Hockey and Head U16 Hockey Coach at Culver Academies while also serving as the strength coach for the Boys U16 & U18 hockey teams.
A former four-year standout at Boston College, Eaves helped the Eagles win a national title as a freshman in 2001. In his time at BC, Eaves skated in 126 games and netted 53 goals and 116 assists for 169 points. He served as the Eagles' captain in his last two years with the team and was an All-American in 2002 and 2003. He was listed as part of Boston College's All-Decade Team in 2010. He was a fourth round pick of the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2001 and prior to attending BC, helped lead Shattuck-St. Mary's Prep to its first ever national title in 1999.
After graduating from BC, Eaves began a nine-year professional hockey career that saw him suit up in the AHL and overseas in Finland. During the 2008-09 season, Eaves set a Finnish Elite League playoff scoring record with 24 points in 14 games for the Espoo Blues. In 2010, he began transitioning into coaching as he served as Jokerit Hockey Club's Strength and Conditioning Coach during the 2010-11 season. He also spent the 2009-10 season as the Norfolk Admirals Assistant Coach, Strength, skills and video coach that year. Following his playing career, Eaves became a performance coach at the Mayo Clinic in 2014.
Eaves earned his Bachelor's Degree in English from Boston College in 2004 and attained a Master's in Kinesiology from Minnesota in 2011. He is a Certified National Strength and Conditioning Coach. His other certifications include Functional Movement Screen Certified, USA Weight Lifting Level 1 and Precision Nutrition Level 1.