COLUMBUS, Ohio – Luke Strand, with coaching experience across the junior, collegiate, professional and international levels, has been named an assistant coach for the Ohio State men’s hockey program, Steve Rohlik, the Buckeyes’ head coach, announced Friday.
Most recently, Strand was in the United States Hockey League with the Sioux City Musketeers, where he led the team to the 2022 Clark Cup title.
“We are excited about the addition of Luke Strand to the staff,” Rohlik said. “He has an elite hockey mind and brings a work ethic and passion that will resonate throughout our entire program. Both Luke and Coach Bittner have the ability to communicate and develop players, and that is such an important quality at this level.”
Strand’s hockey experience includes …
“Thank you to the leadership at The Ohio State for the opportunity to join their hockey staff led by Steve Rohlik and JB Bittner,” Strand said. “I look forward to continuing to grow the Buckeye hockey program to new heights.
“I love how Ohio State holds athletics and academics to high standards while striving to make the student-athletes even better people. I cannot wait to get started. My time in Sioux City has been very beneficial to teaching young men life and hockey and I now look forward to this new chapter.”
A native of Wisconsin, Strand played junior hockey for the North Iowa Huskies of the USHL before a four-year career at the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire, where he was part of both the hockey and baseball programs. Strand spent three years playing professionally, skating with the Madison Monsters and Madison Kodiaks.
Away from hockey, Strand enjoys spending time with his son, Bryce, as well as reading, hunting and fishing.