Mark Osiecki, a winner on every level, was named head coach of the Ohio State men's hockey program April 24, 2010, and served three seasons in the position. Osiecki was an assistant at Wisconsin the six years prior to coming to Ohio State and spent seven seasons as the head coach and general manager of the Green Bay Gamblers (USHL). Osiecki has been a part of NCAA (both as a player and coach), junior hockey, international and professional championship teams.
At Wisconsin, Osiecki was the recruiting coordinator and defensive coach under Mike Eaves. The Badgers advanced to the NCAA Frozen Four championship game in 2010 and won the national title in 2006. The squad made four NCAA tournament appearances and five appearances in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association Final Five during his tenure. In 2007 four incoming Badgers were first-round picks in the NHL Entry Draft, and five were selected among the Top 50 in the 2008 league draft. In 2010, Blake Geoffrion became the first Wisconsin Badger to receive the Hobey Baker Memorial Award.
Osiecki has coaching experience at the international level and was on the staff of the United States team that captured gold at the 2010 World Junior Championship in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan and at the 2013 event in Ufa, Russia. He served as an assistant coach behind the bench at the 2011 World Junior Championship in Buffalo, N.Y., where Team USA won a bronze medal, marking the first time the U.S. squad won medals in back-to-back years.
Osiecki 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. Osiecki 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, `09 and `10 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 four-consecutive division titles from 1999-02. Known for developing players, more than 65 of the Gamblers moved on to NCAA Division I hockey playing careers and 17 were drafted by NHL teams, with 12 of those players spending time in the National Hockey League. The squad recorded USHL records for fewest goals against in a season, team shutouts in a season and road wins in a campaign. His career ledger was 209-154-6-8 (win-loss-tie-overtime loss).
Osiecki started his collegiate coaching career as an assistant coach 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. The squad won both WCHA regular-season and playoff titles during his career and he was the recipient of the Seventh Man Award.
Osiecki was selected in the 1987 NHL Entry Draft by the Calgary Flames. He enjoyed a six-year professional 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. Osiecki represented his country as a player, competing for the United States at the 1992 World Championship in Prague, Czech Republic.
A 1994 graduate of Wisconsin with a bachelor of arts degree in history, Osiecki and his wife, Robin, also a Wisconsin graduate, have a daughter, Emily, and a son, Jake. He is a Burnsville, Minn., native, and won three state championships playing for Burnsville High School - two in hockey and a football crown. Osiecki began his coaching career at Burnsville after completing his playing career.
Osiecki is the son of Beverly and Tom. His father has been a hockey coach throughout his career. He was on the women's hockey staff at Minnesota in 2009-10 and has served as a scout for the U.S. women's national team program.
Coach Osiecki Quick Facts
Hometown: Burnsville, Minn. High School: Burnsville High School (Hall of Fame charter member) Alma Mater: Wisconsin '94 (B.S. in history) Family: Wife, Robin; Daughter, Emily; Son, Jake Playing Career: College: Wisconsin (1987-90), team captain 1990; NHL: Calgary, Ottawa, Winnipeg, Minnesota (1991-93); IHL: Salt Lake City, Kalamazoo, Minnesota (1990-91, 1993-95); International: U.S. National Team (1992 World Championship) Coaching Career:Head Coach, Ohio State (2010-13); Assistant Coach, Wisconsin (2005-10); Head Coach/General Manager, Green Bay Gamblers (1997-04); Assistant coach, North Dakota (1996-97); Burnsville High School (1995-96) International Coaching Career: U.S. Junior National Team/World Junior Championship (2009, 2010, 2011); U.S. National Team (2006); U.S. Under-18 National Team (1999, 2000), U.S. Junior Select Team (1999, 2000) Assisted Under: Mike Eaves (Wisconsin), Dean Blais (North Dakota, USA Hockey); Tom Osiecki (Burnsville High School) Championships as a Player: Wisconsin: NCAA title (1990), WCHA Tournament (1988, 1990), WCHA Regular Season (1990); IHL: Salt Lake City (1991) and Kalamazoo (1994); Burnsville High School: State titles (1985, 1986) Championships as a Coach: USA Hockey: World Junior Championship (2010), U.S. Junior Select Team/World Junior A Challenge (1999, 2000); Wisconsin: NCAA Championship (2006); North Dakota: NCAA Championship (1997), WCHA regular season (1997), WCHA playoffs (1997); Green Bay: Four USHL Eastern Division crowns (1999-02), Clark Cup (2000)