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Rohlik to Be Named at Ohio State: Source

CHN Staff Report

Steve Rohlik, associate head coach for the Ohio State men’s hockey program the last three seasons, will be named the permanent new head coach, a source has told College Hockey News.

Rohlik was named interim head coach last week, following the dismissal of Mark Osiecki. Osiecki, who was head coach for three seasons, told CHN last week that he was shocked by the move, which the school said was because a disagreement on the direction of the program.

Rohlik joined the Ohio State staff in 2010, brought in by Osiecki after 10 seasons on the coaching staff at Minnesota-Duluth. He coached three seasons at Nebraska-Omaha (1998-2000) and spent one year on the Wisconsin staff (1991). He served as the head coach at Hill-Murray High School, his alma mater, from 1993-97, after spending a year as an assistant coach at Stillwater High School (1991-92).

A native of St. Paul, Minn., Rohlik is a 1990 graduate of Wisconsin. He was a two-time captain for the Badgers and won a national title as a senior. He was a sixth-round selection by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 1986 NHL Entry Draft.

According to Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith, Osiecki was let go because "there was a difference of opinion over the management of the program that could not be resolved." Osiecki, however, told CHN that there was never a prior discussion with Smith about problems with the management of the program.

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