July 7, 2003

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State men’s hockey head coach John Markell has received a new three-year contract, effective immediately, Andy Geiger, OSU Director of Athletics, announced Monday.

“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.”

Markell, who became OSU’s permanent head coach May 22, 1995, will enter his ninth full season at the helm in the 2003-04 season. He has a career mark of 147-146-28 and has led the Buckeyes to the only three NCAA tournament berths in program history. Markell, the 1998 CCHA Coach of the Year, guided the squad to the 1998 NCAA Frozen Four. This past season, the Buckeyes went 25-13-5 overall, their fourth 20-win season under Markell, and placed third in the CCHA en route to earning an at-large berth into the NCAA championship.