Ohio State men’s head coach John Markell has signed a new three-year contract to coach the Buckeyes through the 2005-06 season.
“I’m excited to have the chance to continue on here at Ohio State,” Markell said.
“Since I’ve started, our goal has been to compete for national championships while our players get quality educations. The support we receive from the department and the university allows us to do that.
“I’m excited about the future of our program. We will be able to build on the base we’ve established the last eight years.”
In eight-plus seasons at the helm of the Buckeyes, Markell has a career record of 147-146-28. Over the last six years, his record is 123-95-21, including four 20-win seasons.
Last season, Ohio State went 25-13-5, finished third in the CCHA, and earned its third NCAA bid. The Buckeyes fell to Boston College in the semifinal of the NCAA East Regional, 1-0.
Before Markell, OSU had never appeared in the NCAA tournament.
Markell was named as OSU’s permanent head coach on May 22, 1995, after serving as interim coach for the final nine games of the 1994-95 season.
He was voted as the CCHA Coach of the Year in 1998, when his team won 27 games and advanced to the NCAA Frozen Four for the first time ever.
Markell is a 1979 graduate of Bowling Green.