Mark Osiecki is in his third season as the associate coach with the IceHogs in 2015-16. The Burnsville, Minn. native has been a part of championship teams at the high school, junior, collegiate and professional levels during his playing and coaching career.
On April 9, 2014, Osiecki was named head coach of the 2015 U.S. National Junior Team by USA Hockey for the tournament that will be played in Montreal and Toronto.
The International stage isn’t anything new to Osiecki as he was on the coaching staff of the USA World Junior Championship teams that won the gold medal in 2010 (Saskatoon) and in 2013 (Ufa, Russia). Osiecki won silver medals as head coach for the United States Under-18 Team at the 1999 World Championship in Slovakia and as an assistant coach for the U.S. Under-18 Team at the 2000 World Championship in the Czech Republic. Osiecki led the United States Junior Select team to a gold medal at the 1999 Freedom Challenge in Lake Placid, N.Y. and served as video coordinator for Team USA at the 2006 World Championship. He also was a staff member for the 2008, `09 and `10 U.S. Junior National Camps in Lake Placid, N.Y.
Osiecki spent the previous nine seasons coaching in the NCAA, including three at the Ohio State University (2010-13). At OSU, Osiecki compiled a record of 46-50-10 in three campaigns.
Before getting named the bench boss of the Buckeyes on April 24, 2010, Osiecki served as the assistant coach with the Wisconsin Badgers. Osiecki was on the coaching staff that helped guide the Badgers to the 2010 NCAA Frozen Four Championship and helped develop former IceHogs Jake Dowell and Jack Skille while at UW.
Prior to joining the Badgers, Osiecki served as the General Manager and Head Coach of the Green Bay Gamblers (USHL) from 1997-2004. Under his guidance, the Gamblers won four straight division titles (1999-2002) and won the Clark Cup in 2000. Osiecki was named the USHL Coach of the Year in 1999. During his seven seasons in Green Bay, Osiecki helped develop 65 Gambler players to the NCAAs, while 17 of them were drafted into the NHL.
Some players developed under Osiecki include Blake Wheeler, Matt Greene, Adam Burish, Joey Crabb and Jeff Finger.
Osiecki started his collegiate coaching career as an assistant coach at North Dakota under Dean Blais. During the 1996-97 season with North Dakota, he helped direct the Fighting Sioux to the NCAA title as well as WCHA regular-season and playoff titles.
During his playing career as a defenseman, Osiecki attended Wisconsin from 1987-1990 and served as alternate captain of the Badgers 1990 National Championship team while getting named to the Frozen Four All-Tournament Team. After getting drafted by the Calgary Flames in 1987, Osiecki turned to the pro game following his junior season at Wisconsin. Osiecki was a member of two IHL Turner Cup Championship clubs, including as a rookie in 1991 with Salt Lake City and with the Kalamazoo Wings in 1994.
Osiecki played six overall seasons professionally before a wrist injury cut his career short. Overall, the d-man played 93 games in the NHL, notching 3g-11a-14pts between Calgary, Ottawa, Winnipeg and Minnesota.
A 1994 graduate of Wisconsin with a Bachelor of Arts degree in history, Osiecki and his wife, Robin, also a Wisconsin graduate, have a daughter, Emily, and a son, Jake.