July 25, 2012
PROVIDENCE R.I.-- - Providence College women's ice hockey Head Coach Bob Deraney announced today (July 25) that Meredith Roth has been named assistant coach. Roth returns to the Friars after pursuing her masters in Sports Management at the State University of New York at Cortland. Meredith will work alongside former teammate Melanie Ruzzi for the upcoming 2012 - 2013 season. Ruzzi was also hired as an assistant coach June of this summer.
"It is with great pleasure and excitement that we welcome Meredith back to Providence College, our athletic department and especially our hockey program," Deraney said. "She is a very talented coach and an even better person. Meredith is a great addition to our program and our staff. Our players are going to benefit greatly from her return and Melanie and I couldn't be happier."
A 2004 graduate of Providence College with a B.A. in social sciences, Roth was a four-year member of the women's ice hockey team, playing defense all four years. As a Friar, Roth was named to the Hockey East All-Academic Team (2004), United States Women's National Hockey Team (2003), U.S. Under-22 National Hockey Team (2003), ECAC Eastern Hockey League All-Tournament Team (2002), and was awarded the 2001 Providence College Women's Hockey Unsung Hero Award. In addition, Roth was co-captain her senior year and an assistant captain during her junior season as well. She helped lead Providence to the 2002 ECAC Championship as well as the 2003 and 2004 Hockey East Titles.
After graduating from Providence, Roth worked as the head coach for the girls' under-16 ice hockey team at Shattuck-St. Mary's School in Faribault, Minnesota. She coached the team for two seasons (2005 and 2006). From 2006 to 2010 Roth served as the assistant coach for the Providence College women's ice hockey team. She handled recruiting and coached the defensive side of the bench. For the last two years Roth was a volunteer assistant coach for Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. While a volunteer coach for the Cornell Bears, they posted two 30+win seasons and made NCAA Frozen Four appearances each year.
The Friars will hold their first exhibition game of the year on Saturday, September 29th at home against McGill University (7:00 p.m.). The Friars' regular season starts with a home opener against Bemidji State October 5th at 7:00 p.m.
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