College Hockey:
Markell Gets Contract Extension

Deal Takes Him Through 2004

— Ohio State coach John Markell has received a two-year contract extension. Markell, who became the Buckeyes’ permanent head coach May 22, 1995, has one year remaining on his current contract.



“We are delighted to extend Coach Markell’s contract through the 2004 season,” Andy Geiger, Ohio State Director of Athletics, said upon making the announcement. “John has done an excellent job and we wanted him to know we are excited about the future with him leading the way.”

Markell, who recently completed his sixth full season at the helm for the Buckeyes, recorded his 100th win with an overtime victory at Miami on Feb. 10. He has compiled a career mark of 102-117-19 since taking over as interim head coach late in the 1995 season. Markell, the 1998 CCHA Coach of the Year, has led the Buckeyes to the NCAA Tournament on two occasions, including a Frozen Four appearance in 1998.

“I’m excited about the future of hockey at Ohio State,” Markell said. “We have a good young team at a premier institution. I look forward to working with the administration to continue building toward a championship team.”

This season, the Buckeyes were 17-18-2 overall and finished seventh in the CCHA. The squad, which included 10 freshmen, ended its season with a double-overtime loss to Nebraska-Omaha in the decisive third game of the best-of-three series in the first round of the CCHA Tournament.

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