Steve Rohlik Named Ohio State Men's Hockey Head Coach
April 24, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Steve Rohlik has been named the ninth head coach in Ohio State men's hockey history, Gene Smith, Ohio State associate vice president and director of athletics, announced Wednesday. Rohlik (rah-lick) was the associate head coach for the Ohio State program the last three seasons and has 16 years experience as a Division I coach. During his career, he has recruited and/or coached two Hobey Baker Award winners, 12 All-Americans and 18 players who have reached the NHL.
"We are pleased Steve has accepted our head coaching position," 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, who has also been part of the coaching staff at Minnesota Duluth and Nebraska-Omaha, is prepared to guide the Buckeyes as they start play in the Big Ten Conference this fall.
"I am honored and humbled by this opportunity to become the next coach at Ohio State," Rohlik said. "I want to thank Gene Smith, Chris Schneider and the administration for giving me this chance. I look forward to leading this program into the Big Ten."
Ohio State is coming off a season when it advanced to the league semifinals and saw 18 players named Ohio State Scholar-Athletes. The squad had two All-CCHA players and Brady Hjelle was the squad's first AHCA First Team All-American since 1998.
"Steve has been an integral part of the hockey program and its recent success on the ice, in the community and in the classroom," Chris Schneider, senior associate athletics director for sport administration, said. "He has earned the respect of those in and around the program. We are excited to have him directing the squad as we begin play in the Big Ten."
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.
He 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.
Following graduation, Rohlik spent one year on the staff at Wisconsin (1991). He then served as the head coach at Hill-Murray High School, his alma mater, from 1993-97, after spending a year as an assistant coach at 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 and his wife, Julie, have two daughters, Erin and Annie, and a son, Grady.