May 14, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Brett Larson has been named associate head coach for the Ohio State men's hockey team, Steve Rohlik, who was named the Buckeyes' head coach in April, announced. Larson spent the last two seasons as the head coach and general manager of the Sioux City Musketeers in the United States Hockey League after serving as an assistant coach at Minnesota Duluth for three seasons.
"I would like to thank the Sioux City Musketeers organization for helping prepare Brett for this opportunity over the last two years," Rohlik said. "We are excited about all the qualities Brett adds to our staff. His experience as a defenseman, as well as his coaching experience both as an assistant at the collegiate level and as a head coach in junior hockey will be a great asset to the Ohio State program. He is a great teacher of the game and will help develop not just our d-corps, but our entire roster. Brett brings great passion, work ethic and leadership skills as well as relationships throughout the United States and Canada at both the junior and college levels."
A four-time letterwinner at Minnesota Duluth, Larson served on the coaching staff of his alma mater for three seasons and was a part of the staff that won the 2011 NCAA Championship, as well as the 2009 WCHA playoff title. With the Bulldogs, Larson coached and/or recruited five players who combined for seven All-America honors, a Hobey Baker Award winner and a current NHL defenseman.
"I am excited to be back on a campus and part of a premier university and hockey program," Larson said. "I look forward to building on the foundation that is already here and making it even better. I wouldn't be here without the great opportunity I had to grow and learn as a coach with Sioux City. I thank the organization for helping me get to the next step in my career."
With the Sioux City Musketeers, Larson led the team to the playoffs in 2011-12 and had two players selected to Team USA for the 2013 World Junior A Challenge, as well as a 2012 NHL draft pick. Four of the team's 2012-13 players are listed in the most recent NHL Central Scouting rankings heading into the 2013 draft.
Larson served as the head coach for Team USA in the 2012 World Junior A Challenge, leading the squad to a gold medal in the tournament in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. He was an instructor at USA Hockey Select 17 Camp in 2009 and 10 and has been a presenter for various USA Hockey Level 4 and 5 clinics.
Larson served as a team captain for Minnesota Duluth as a senior in 1995. He and the Bulldogs won the 1992 WCHA title and he was a three-time WCHA All-Academic Team selection, as well as the recipient of the team's community service award as a senior. He skated in 133 games for UMD in his career, with 24 goals, 43 assists and 67 points.
Larson, who was drafted by the Detroit Red Wings in the 1990 NHL Entry Draft, played professional hockey in a number of leagues over parts of 12 seasons. He won three league championships during his career, including as the player/assistant coach of the San Diego Gulls (WCHL), and he was the captain of four squads. Larson was a WCHL All-Star in both 1998 and `99.
A native of Duluth, Minn., Larson and his wife, Kelly, have a 4 year old son, Lane. Larson earned a degree in criminology, with a minor in coaching, from the University of Minnesota (Duluth) in 2004.