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Ohio State has named Steve Rohlik as the interim coach of its men’s hockey team, according to a press release.
Rohlik, who served as the Buckeyes’ associate head coach for three seasons, will replace former coach Mark Osiecki, who was let go by the program Monday.
Rohlik said he doesn’t know why Osiecki was fired.
“It has been a difficult couple days for everybody. I’m just focusing on my role of getting the players to finish up the semester in the way they need to do and that’s what my focus is on right now,” Rohlik said in an interview with The Lantern Tuesday afternoon.
Rohlik joined OSU’s staff in 2010 after spending 10 years as an assistant coach at Minnesota Duluth. While he was on staff, the team advanced to two NCAA tournaments from 2001-2010, including a Frozen Four appearance in 2004 and the 2009 WCHA playoff title.
Rohlik also served as an assistant coach for three seasons at Nebraska-Omaha from 1998-2000. Prior to that, he spent 1991 on the Wisconsin coaching staff.
Like his predecessor, Rohlik is a Minnesota native and graduated from Wisconsin. He was a two-time captain for the Badgers hockey team, which won a national championship his senior year.
Rohlik said he doesn’t know what his salary will be yet.
“There’s been nothing like that right now at all,” Rohlik said. “Like I said, I’m just focusing on what my role is right now.”
As of Tuesday afternoon, a description of the men’s hockey head coaching position was still available on OSU’s career website. The position’s description had not changed upon the announcement of Rohlik being named interim head coach.