Former PC Star Joins Staff
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Mel Ruzzi, a veteran coach with 12 years of experience, has joined the Yale Women's Hockey coaching staff.
Ruzzi comes from a six-year stint at Providence College where she built the program to a PairWise ranking of 10th as the Associate Head Coach. She worked primarily with the defensemen, helping the first blueliner in conference history to win the Hockey East Rookie of the Year (Whitney Dove in 2017). She also coached a pair of skaters who finished the 2016-17 season in the top 10 in scoring among blueliners.
"We are thrilled to add Mel Ruzzi to our staff. Mel is a bright young coach with a wealth of experience that we are all going to benefit from," said Joakim Flygh, Yale's Susan Cavanagh Head Coach of Women's Ice Hockey. "We are all excited to welcome Mel to the Bulldog Hockey family and to Ingalls Rink."
Ruzzi also worked with the Friar's offense, In fact, the 2013-14 PC team ranked ninth in the nation with 3.17 goals-per-game.
Ruzzi has been very involved in USA Hockey, serving as a coach for its development camp since 2006. In addition, she has been the director of the USA Hockey's multi-district camp for the Rocky Mountain and Pacific Districts since 2017.
The Burnsville, Minn., native graduated from Providence College in 2003 after a decorated career as a defenseman and team captain.
During her playing career, Ruzzi helped lead the Friars to two championships, including the ECAC Eastern title in 2002 and the inaugural Women's Hockey East crown in 2003. She served as captain of the 2002-03 team, earning Hockey East Honorable Mention status while winning the team's Coaches' Award. For her career, she played in 141 games, fourth on the Friars' all-time list, and accounted for 13 goals and 38 assists for 51 points.
After graduating Magna Cum Laude from Providence, Ruzzi spent two seasons (2004-2006) as an assistant coach with Amherst College, where she helped the Lord Jeffs to their first conference title and a semifinal berth in the NCAA tournament.
Ruzzi then spent four (2006-2010) seasons on Katey Stone's staff at Harvard, helping lead the Crimson to their eighth NCAA tournament appearance in 2010.