Osiecki Named World Junior Coach
CHN Staff Report
Mark Osiecki, former head coach at Ohio State, has been named Team USA's head coach for the 2015 World Junior Championships.
Osiecki has been an assistant coach for the team three times, helping it win a gold medal in 2010 and 2013. He most recently has been assistant coach for the Rockford IceHogs, the AHL affiliate of the NHL's Chicago Blackhawks.
"Mark has been a great asset to our National Junior Teams in recent years and we're excited that he will be our head coach," said Jim Johannson, assistant executive director for hockey operations at USA Hockey, who will also serve as general manager of the 2015 U.S. National Junior Team. "In addition to his international coaching success, he has a wealth of experience coaching young players at the junior, college and professional levels. I'd also like to thank the Chicago Blackhawks and Rockford IceHogs for making Mark available to us."
Osiecki, a graduate of Wisconsin, has always been considered a top defensive coach. He was named head coach at Ohio State in 2010, then was let go after three seasons.
"I'm thrilled to accept the role of head coach for the U.S. National Junior Team," said Osiecki. "Each time I've been on the Team USA staff it's been an extremely rewarding experience. I will incorporate a lot of what I learned from Phil Housley, Keith Allain and Dean Blais at previous tournaments, as well as what I gained from Mike Eaves at Wisconsin. We have great emerging young talent across the country and I can't wait to start working with them in Lake Placid this August."
The 2015 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship will take place Dec. 26, 2014 - Jan. 5, 2015 in Montreal and Toronto, Canada.
Vermont assistant Kevin Patrick, along with Don Granato and Mike Ayers, have been named assistant coaches for the World Junior team.
In 2000, Osiecki was head coach of the U.S. Under-18 Select Team that placed second at the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament. He led the U.S. Junior Select Team to a first-place finish at the 1999 Freedom Challenge. He was an assistant coach for the 1999 U.S. Under-18 Select Team that finished second at the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament.
Osiecki was assistant coach at Wisconsin from 2004-10, part of the staff that won the national championship in 2006. From 1997-2004, Osiecki was the general manager and head coach of the USHL's Green Bay Gamblers. The Gamblers won four straight division titles (1999-2002) and won the Clark Cup in 2000. Osiecki was named the USHL Coach of the Year in 1999.
The former University of Wisconsin defenseman (1987-90) served as an alternate captain for the 1990 NCAA national championship team. He played two seasons in the National Hockey League (1991-93) with the Calgary Flames, Ottawa Senators, Winnipeg Jets and the Minnesota North Stars. He also competed for the U.S. at the 1992 IIHF Men’s World Championship in Prague, Czech Republic.