Mark Ostapina, who played college hockey under legendary coach Bob Johnson at the University of Wisconsin, serves as the MSOE Raiders head ice hockey coach.
In his 15th season as head coach, Ostapina has helped put the team on the map as one of the premier programs in NCAA Division III. Since coming aboard, he has led the Raiders to three MCHA championships and three Harris Cup trophies. He also led the Raiders to their first-ever NCAA tournament appearance in 2011-12.
Ostapina also has been named the MCHA Coach of the Year and was a semifinalist for the Edward Jeremiah American Hockey Coaches Association Coach of the Year four times in his career, including the 2010-11 season in which the Raiders went 21-6-1 overall and 16-3-1 in MCHA play.
In his first season in 2001-02, MSOE improved from fifth to second in the MCHA. Since then, the Red & White has finished among the top two, seven more times and had 10 top-three finishes. His Raider teams have won 20 games four times.
Ostapina is easily the winningest coach in program history, entering a 227-170-16 (.569) record, including 173-95-12 (.639) in conference play.
Outside of collegiate athletics, Ostapina is a 12-time selection to serve on the USA Hockey Select team’s coaching staff. During the summer of 2009, Ostapina‘s Select 17 team won the program-wide championship and he was selected to the first-ever Select Camp All-Star game, leading his team to a 3-2 victory. He also lectures throughout the country as part of the USA Hockey Coaches Education program.
Previously as a collegiate head coach, Ostapina led New England College in Henniker, N.H., from 1995-01, advancing to the NCAA Division III national tournament in 2001. His team finished the season ranked eighth in the NCAA Division III national polls.
Ostapina received his start in collegiate coaching serving as an assistant coach at University of Alaska Anchorage (1987-91) and then filling the same position at the University of Massachusetts Lowell (1991-95). At both universities, Ostapina was a participant in the NCAA Division I Tournament.
As a player, Ostapina played four years for the University of Wisconsin Badgers and professionally in Sweden for Vasteras AC and the Malung Ishockey club. Prior to heading overseas, he played for the Chicago Cardinals in the Continental Hockey League.
Ostapina has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and public communication from the University of Alaska Anchorage and a master’s degree in education from the University of Massachusetts Lowell. Ostapina also serves as assistant athletic director for compliance.
Ostapina and his wife Teresa have been married for 34 years and they have two children, Krysti and Kyle