COLUMBUS, Ohio – The contract of John Markell, head men’s hockey coach at Ohio State, will not be renewed, Gene Smith, Ohio State associate vice president/director of athletics, announced Tuesday. Markell has served at the helm of the Buckeyes the last 15 full seasons, beginning his tenure as the interim head coach in 1995.

“We appreciate John’s service to the institution but most importantly the young men he mentored,” Smith said. “He is a class person with great integrity. We wish him the best as he pursues his next opportunities.”

Chris Schneider, associate athletics director for sport administration, oversees the men’s hockey program at Ohio State.

“We will immediately begin the process to conduct a national search,” Schneider said. “We will take the appropriate time to find our next head coach.”

Markell was 280-267-56 in his career at Ohio State. He led the squad to six NCAA tournament berths, including the program’s first Frozen Four appearance in 1998, and to a CCHA tournament championship in 2004.

“I appreciate the opportunity I had to coach at Ohio State,” Markell said. “I’m proud of the young men I had the chance to coach and watch grow up both as hockey players and in life. I’m proud of the accomplishments we had as a team over the years. I wish nothing but the best to the Buckeye hockey program and the people around it. I’m thankful for everyone I worked with at Ohio State, including the assistant coaches, the administration and support staff and the alumni.”