Larson joins Rohlik at Ohio State

Steve Rohlik and Brett Larson are together again — Rohlik as the Ohio State men’s hockey coach and Larson as associate head coach.

After spending two years on the Minnesota Duluth staff, from 2008-10, they were reunited Tuesday when Duluth native Larson accepted the position at the Big Ten school in Columbus, Ohio.

Larson, 40, has been head coach and general manager of Sioux City (Iowa) in the U.S. Hockey League the past two years.

“I had a chance to coach with someone I know and trust, and have a good working relationship with. I see this as a good career move,” Larson said by phone Tuesday night. “I wasn’t looking to leave Sioux City, it provided me a great head-coaching experience, but this was too good to pass up.

“Ohio State is starting to build something, the facilities are second-to-none and the program is going into its first year in the Big Ten. It couldn’t be a better situation.”

St. Paul native Rohlik joined the Ohio State staff three years ago under close friend Mark Osiecki. But when Osiecki was fired last month, after a record of 46-50-16, Rohlik was offered the top job and placed in the position April 24. Assistant Joe Exter has been retained on the Ohio State staff from the Osiecki years.

Rohlik and Larson were assistants under Scott Sandelin for two years, helping to build UMD’s 2011 Division I championship team. Rohlik, 44, was on UMD’s staff for 10 years.

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