Columbus, OH (NNCNOW.com) --- Former University of Minnesota-Duluth (UMD) assistant coach Steve Rohlik has been named the permanent head coach at Ohio State University (OSU), the school announced on Wednesday morning.
Rohlik had been named the OSU interim head coach on April 16, just one day after former head coach Mark Osiecki was fired after three years with the program.
"We are pleased Steve has accepted our head coaching position," OSU athletics director Gene Smith said. "He has made positive impressions within the athletics department, in the hockey community and with the men's hockey student-athletes. He has a well thought-out plan for how to lead our hockey program into the future that is in line with the expectations we have for each of our head coaches."
Rohlik has been with the Buckeyes since the 2010-11 season, that after spending the past decade as an assistant coach at UMD. in those 10 years, he helped the Bulldogs to two NCAA Division I tournaments, including the 2004 NCAA Frozen Four, and the 2009 Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) postseason championship.
In his entire career, Rohlik has recruited or coached two Hobey Baker Award winners, those being Junior Lessard and Jack Connolly, 12 All-Americans, and 18 players who have reached the NHL.