Ohio State hires Strobel as associate head coach

Mark Strobel, who has served as an assistant coach for three college programs, has joined the Ohio State staff as associate head coach, the school announced Friday.

Strobel was a volunteer assistant at Colorado College in 1998-99 before stops in the USHL and two-year stints at Minnesota-Duluth and Omaha.

“I am humbled and thankful for the opportunity Ohio State has given me to join the staff,” Strobel said in a news release. “Coaching is in my DNA and I look forward to working with and finding great people, players and students to help us win championships. I know this is a great program and I can’t wait to get started. Ohio State has all the resources to be successful.”

Buckeyes coach Steve Rohlik and Strobel are both Wisconsin alumni who worked together at Minnesota-Duluth in the 2000-01 and 2001-02 seasons.

“I’ve known Mark for a long time and we are excited to add him to our staff,” Rohlik said. “He is a great teacher and motivator who has a real passion for the game and a strong work ethic. Mark is very well known in the hockey community and will help us continue to push our program to the next level.”

Strobel replaces Brett Larson, who left Ohio State for Minnesota-Duluth.

Strobel played defense at Wisconsin from 1991 to 1995 before a two-year pro career in the New Jersey Devils’ farm system.

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