Ohio State Down to Three
by Adam Wodon/Managing Editor
Ohio State is completing interviews this week, and could name a coach as early as next week.
Ohio State is the last of three CCHA schools that had head coaching openings to name its choice. Western Michigan went with former Miami assistant Jeff Blashill, while Bowling Green subsequently went with Miami assistant Chris Bergeron.
Ohio State had been expected to attempt a run for a big name or at least current, experienced head coach. But whether by choice or because it was turned down, that appears not to be the case. Those interviewed include three current Division I assistants — Mark Osiecki of Wisconsin, Casey Jones of Cornell (an assistant at Ohio State under John Markell for 13 seasons before departing for his alma mater two years ago), and Boston College assistant Mike Cavanaugh.
Osiecki has head coaching experience in the USHL. Jones and Cavanaugh have not been head coaches before.
CHN sources said that Denver coach George Gwozdecky met with Ohio State officials recently. But according to a story in the Denver Post, Gwozdecky said that was simply as an advisor, and that he's not interested in the job.
A number of prominent names with head coaching experience and success were speculated about, but have not been seriously considered, according to CHN sources. They include Princeton coach Guy Gadowsky, Union coach Nate Leaman, Cansius coach Dave Smith (an OSU alum), and Notre Dame assistant Paul Pooley (an OSU alum and former head coach at Providence).