Former Badger defensemen Mark Osiecki looks to continue his impact in his sixth season as a Badger assistant coach. Osiecki has proven himself an asset with his tireless recruiting efforts and coaching expertise.
Osiecki joined Wisconsin from the Green Bay Gamblers of the USHL, where he served as general manager and head coach for seven seasons. Compiling a 209-154-6-38 (won-loss-tie-overtime loss) mark during his career with the Gamblers, Osiecki became known for player development, as more than 65 of his players moved on to NCAA Division I hockey playing careers and 17 were drafted by NHL teams. USHL Coach of the Year in 1999, Osiecki's Gambler squads won four-straight USHL Eastern Division crowns from 1999 to 2002, captured the 2000 Clark Cup as the USHL playoff champion and finished as U.S. junior A 2000 national runner-up.
His Gambler squads set various team and league records during his tenure. The four-straight division championships set the league standard, while the 1999 team set the league mark for shutouts and road wins in a season. His teams in 1998 and 1999 set the single-season record for fewest goals against.
Osiecki returned to his college coaching roots in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association where he began his career as an assistant coach with the University of North Dakota. During the 1996-97 season with North Dakota, he helped direct UND to WCHA regular-season and playoff titles and the NCAA championship.
Osiecki also boasts international coaching experience, capturing silver medals as head coach for the United States Under-18 Team at the 1999 World Championships in Slovakia and as an assistant coach for the U.S. Under-18 Team at the 2000 World Championships in the Czech Republic. Beyond that, he led the United States Junior Select team to a gold medal at the 1999 Freedom Challenge in Lake Placid, N.Y. More recently, Osiecki served as video coordinator for Team USA at the 2006 World Championships. He was also a staff member for the 2008 U.S. Junior National Camp in Lake Placid, N.Y., and will serve as an assistant coach for the 2010 U.S. Junior National Team at the World Junior Championships.
The former Badger defenseman skated for Wisconsin from 1987-90, earning three letters and serving as an assistant captain for the 1990 NCAA Championship team. During the national championship season, he collected career-highs with 38 assists and 43 points, while earning selection to the Frozen Four all-tournament team.
A Burnsville, Minn., native, Osiecki was selected in the 1987 NHL Entry Draft by the Calgary Flames. He enjoyed a six-year career, including stints with the Flames, Ottawa Senators, Winnipeg Jets and Minnesota North Stars, before a wrist injury cut his career short. He also represented his country as a player, competing for the United States at the 1992 World Championships in Prague, Czech Republic.
A 1994 graduate of Wisconsin with a bachelor of arts degree in history, Osiecki is married to his wife, Robin. The couple have a daughter, Emily, and a son, Jake.