Buckeyes and Wolverines to face off in COlumbus this weekend
Ohio State scores three in the third for win
No. 11 Buckeyes play two games at No. 1/2 Penn State
Buckeyes host Sun Devils this weekend
Buckeyes open B1G slate vs. Gophers this weekend
Coach Rohlik - NCAA West Regional Preview
Coach Rohlik - Wisconsin Road Series Preview
Coach Rohlik - Michigan Home Series Preview
Coach Rohlik - MSU Road Series Preview
Coach Rohlik Previews Series at Michigan
Buckeyes Beat Spartans in B1G Tourney Quarterfinals (Credit Ric Kruszynski)
Ohio State vs. Robert Morris (Photo credit Ric Kruszynski)
Ohio State 4, Canisius 1
Buckeye Hockey 2015 Senior Breakfast
Ohio State 3, Michigan State 0
In 2016-17, Rohlik led the Buckeyes to the NCAA Tournament, the first appearance for the squad since 2009. The team notched its first 20-win season since that time, with a record of 21-12-6, including an NCAA-best 13 road wins. In B1G play, the squad was 11-8-1-1, finishing in third place, just one point behind second. The team ranked in the Top 3 nationally in scoring offense (3.92 goals per game) and power play (.316, the second-highest mark since 1993), with a Top 10 point scorer and Top 3 goal scorer, with three Buckeyes in the Top 5 among B1G point getters.
Rohlik’s first season at the helm of the Buckeyes (2013-14) also marked the first year of men’s hockey as an official Big Ten Conference sport. He led the team to a spot in the inaugural Big Ten Tournament championship game, with an overtime win in the quarterfinals vs. Michigan State and an upset of No. 1-ranked and top seed Minnesota in the semifinals. The squad was 18-14-5 overall in 2013-14 (6-9-5-4 in B1G play). In his second year, the Buckeyes (14-19-3, 8-11-1-1 B1G) ended the season strong, going 7-4-1 in the last 12 games, and reached the conference tournament semifinals. The 2015-16 Buckeyes (14-18-4) were 8-8-4 in Big Ten play, advanced to the B1G tourney semifinals and closed out the year undefeated in eight of their last nine games, ranking in the Top 10 in the NCAA in scoring offense on the year.
Rohlik joined the Ohio State program in 2010 after 10 seasons on the coaching staff at Minnesota Duluth (2001-10) where the squad advanced to two NCAA tournaments, including a Frozen Four appearance in 2004, and won the 2009 WCHA playoff title. He was part of the staff that put together the roster of the Bulldogs’ 2010 NCAA Championship squad.
Rohlik coached three seasons at Nebraska-Omaha, joining the program for its inaugural season in 1997-98. In the team’s first year as a member of the CCHA (its third year as a Division I team), the squad advanced to the 2000 CCHA Championship final.
Rohlik spent five years as the head coach at Hill-Murray High School, his alma mater, in St. Paul, Minn., posting a 107-20-1 ledger and leading the squad to two Minnesota State High School Tournaments, including a runner-up finish in the 1993 Tier I event and fourth place in 1997 Class AA before joining the UNO Mavericks. He also served one-season assistant coaching stints at Wisconsin (1990-91) and Stillwater High School (1991-92).
A native of St. Paul, Minn., Rohlik is a 1990 graduate of Wisconsin. A four-year letterwinner for the Badgers, he wore the captain’s C in both 1989 and 1990. He was a senior on the squad that won the NCAA title, as well as the WCHA regular-season and tournament crowns, and was named the WCHA Tournament MVP that season. The team qualified for the NCAA tournament each of his last three seasons and also captured the 1988 conference playoff championship. Rohlik skated in 166 games for Wisconsin, scoring 34 goals and adding 47 assists for 81 points, and received the team’s Fenton Kelsey, Jr. Most Competitive Player honor in 1990. He was an eighth-round selection by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 1986 NHL Entry Draft (No. 151 overall).
Rohlik graduated from Wisconsin in 1990 with a bachelor’s degree in communications/journalism. He and his wife, Julie, have two daughters, Erin and Annie, and a son, Grady.