Columbus, OH (NNCNOW.com) --- Former University of Minnesota-Duluth (UMD) men's hockey assistant coaches Steve Rohlik and Brett Larson are preparing this week to face their old team, with both now part of the coaching staff at Ohio State.
Rohlik is in his first year as head coach of that program after he took over for Mark Osiecki, and Larson is in his first year as an assistant coach with the Buckeyes after being hired by Rohlik less than a month after he became head coach.
Rohlik spent 10 seasons with the Bulldogs under head coach Scott Sandelin, whom he singled out last month at the Big Ten media day as a major contributor to his early success in coaching.
"I've been around some tremendous people, and if I can take a little bit of all that and put it toward my coaching philosophy, I'm going to be in good shape," Rohlik said. "Mike Kemp, Scott Sandelin --- these guys have given me my opportunity, and I've been around those types of people."
Larson, meanwhile, spent three seasons with UMD, including the national championship season of 2010-11, before departing to spend the past two seasons as head coach of Sioux City in the United States Hockey League (USHL).
UMD and Ohio State will meet this weekend for a pair of weekend engagements, with each game set to start 6:07 p.m. CT.