Markell Out at Ohio State
by Adam Wodon/Managing Editor
Ohio State has decided not to renew the contract of head coach John Markell, sources have confirmed to College Hockey News.
Markell has coached Ohio State for the last 15 seasons, compiling a record of 280-267-56. Markell has brought the program to unforseen heights since taking over, reaching the NCAA tournament six times, including a Frozen Four appearance in 1998. OSU also won its only CCHA tournament championship in 2004.
He also, along with the recruiting of his assistants, brought in a lot of top-end talent to Columbus, including R.J. Umberger, Ryan Kesler, Dave Steckel, Rod Pelley and Nate Guenin.
But the last four years, Ohio State has only had one winning season. Last year, the Buckeyes won 23 games but were again bounced out in the first round of the NCAAs, which they have each time making the tournament since the 1998 Frozen Four appearance.
This year, OSU came in eighth place, finishing 15-18-6. It won its first-round playoff series over Notre Dame, and just recently lost its quarterfinal series to Miami in three games.
Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith said in a statement, “We appreciate John’s service to the institution but most importantly the young men he mentored. He is a class person with great integrity. We wish him the best as he pursues his next opportunities.”
Markell took over for Jerry Welsh in the middle of the 1994-95 season, and was named permanent head coach that May. He was there when the team moved from its old home, to the spacious Schottenstein Center.
In a statement, Markell said, “I appreciate the opportunity I had to coach at Ohio State. I’m proud of the young men I had the chance to coach and watch grow up both as hockey players and in life. I’m proud of the accomplishments we had as a team over the years. I wish nothing but the best to the Buckeye hockey program and the people around it. I’m thankful for everyone I worked with at Ohio State, including the assistant coaches, the administration and support staff and the alumni.”