Class includes four forwards and two defensemen
Fritz to wear C after serving as an alternate captain in 2013-14
Two forwards, defenseman set to join squad in the fall
Hobey Baker Award finalist led Buckeyes with 46 points in 2013-14
Ohio State suffers 5-4 loss in overtime to Badgers
Ohio State Postgame Press Conference - Minnesota March 7
Coach Rohlik Previews Series at Michigan State
Ohio State vs Penn State 2/1: Press Conference and Highlights
Coach Rohlik Previews Penn State Series
Ohio State 3, Michigan State 0
Tanner Fritz, Sam Jardine and Coach Rohilk represented Ohio State at 2015 Big Ten Media Day in Detroit.
Inaugural Big Ten Hockey Game in Columbus
Ohio State at Michigan Nov. 29
B1G Hockey Media Day
Steve Rohlik, who was named the ninth head coach in Ohio State men's hockey history in April 2013, is in his second year at the helm of the program. He spent three years as the team's associate head coach and has more than 16 years experience as a Division I coach. During his career, he has recruited and/or coached two Hobey Baker Award winners, 14 All-Americans, including Buckeye goaltender Brady Hjelle in 2012-13 and forward Ryan Dzingel in 2013-14, and nearly 20 players who have reached the NHL.
Rohlik's first season at the helm of the Buckeyes 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 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 and finished fourth in the Big Ten with a 6-9-5-4 ledger.
Rohlik joined the Ohio State staff 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 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. He joined the Minnesota Duluth staff after three years at Nebraska-Omaha, beginning in its inaugural season of NCAA Division I hockey in 1997.
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.