Roth also served as an assistant coach with the Friars from 2006-2010.
One of the most successful defenseman to wear a Providence College uniform, Melanie Ruzzi, returns to her alma mater as an assistant coach for her second season with the Friar staff. She joined the Friar family as a member of the coaching staff in June 2012 and will continue to work with the Friar's offense for the 2013-14 season. The Burnsville, Minnesota native was a star defenseman for Providence from 1999-03.
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 and 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 from the blue line.
"I am incredibly proud and thankful to coach at the school and in the program that has shaped so much of who I am today," said Ruzzi. "The Friar family has been an important part of my life and it is an honor to be able to give back by working to continue the tradition of excellence in Providence College Women's Hockey."
After graduating Magna Cum Laude from Providence, Ruzzi spent two seasons as an assistant coach with Amherst College. At Amherst, she helped guide the Lord Jeffs to their first conference title and a semifinal berth in the NCAA tournament.
Ruzzi then spent four seasons on Head Coach Katey Stone's staff at Harvard, helping lead the Crimson to their eighth NCAA tournament appearance in 2010.