Ohio State Names Osiecki Its Next Coach
CHN Staff Report
COLUMBUS, Ohio Ohio State has tabbed Wisconsin assistant Mark Osiecki as its next coach, completing a process that began when the school decided not to renew the contract of John Markell.
Osiecki has been an assistant under Mike Eaves for the past six years, including the 2006 national championship season. Prior to that, he was head coach of the USHL's Green Bay Gamblers for seven seasons.
“I can’t express how excited I am at the opportunity to take over the hockey program at an institution as great as Ohio State,” Osiecki said. “The locker room is filled with good players and I look forward to building on the tradition of the coaches who have come before me.”
Osiecki brings success and experience at a variety of levels to the Ohio State program.
“We are extremely excited to have Mark Osiecki join the Ohio State family as the next head coach of our men’s ice hockey program,” Ohio State assistant athletic director Chris Schneider said. “It was an extremely competitive pool of candidates with a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences. Mark is well respected in the hockey community as someone of strong character who has a history of developing players to be successful at every level, not just on the ice but also in the classroom and community.”
At Wisconsin, Osiecki was the recruiting coordinator and defensive coach. Osiecki has coaching experience at the international level and was on the staff of the United States team that captured gold at the World Junior Championship this past winter in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. He won silver medals as head coach for the United States Under-18 Team at the 1999 World Championship in Slovakia and as an assistant coach for the U.S. Under-18 Team at the 2000 World Championship in the Czech Republic. He led the United States Junior Select team to a gold medal at the 1999 Freedom Challenge in Lake Placid, N.Y. and served as video coordinator for Team USA at the 2006 World Championship. He also was a staff member for the 2008 and ’09 U.S. Junior National Camps in Lake Placid, N.Y.
Osiecki was with the Gamblers in the USHL from 1997-04 and led the team to the Clark Cup in 2000 and was the National Junior A runner-up that same season. The 1999 USHL Coach of the Year, his squad won a league-record four-consecutive division titles from 1999-02.
Osiecki started his collegiate coaching career as an assistant coach and strength and conditioning coordinator at North Dakota under Dean Blais. During the 1996-97 season with North Dakota, he helped direct the Fighting Sioux to the NCAA title and WCHA regular-season and playoff titles.
A three-year letterwinner on defense for Wisconsin from 1987-90, Osiecki served as an assistant captain for the 1990 NCAA Championship team. During the national championship season, he collected career highs with 38 assists and 43 points and earned a spot on the Frozen Four all-tournament team.
Osiecki was selected in the 1987 NHL Entry Draft by the Calgary Flames. He enjoyed a six-year career, including stints with the Flames, Ottawa Senators, Winnipeg Jets and Minnesota North Stars, before a wrist injury cut his career short. He also was a champion on the professional level, wining the IHL title with both the Salt Lake City Golden Eagles in his first year as a pro in 1991 and the Kalamazoo Wings in 1994.
Nate Guenin, former Ohio State captain (2006) and current member of the St. Louis Blues’ organization, played for Osiecki with the Green Bay Gamblers.
“Coach Osiecki brings instant credibility to our program. He is intense and a hard worker who will get the most out of each player. He will put Ohio State where it should be on the national map,” Guenin said.