WSHL establishes Academic Guidance Program

by Sarah Preis

For Immediate Release

The Western States Hockey League President, Ron White, has just announced the establishment of the WSHL Academic Guidance Program, which has been set up to assist WSHL players in pursuit of their college hockey careers and academic studies. White has named long-time collegiate hockey coach and administrator, Mark Ostapina, as Director of Academics.

White said, "Mark Ostapina, whose background in the sport of ice hockey and his administrative contributions with NCAA compliance, while employed as a collegiate coach, makes him a perfect fit for the league, and our players, on their path to a college education".

With 32 years of experience in college coaching, recruiting, and compliance management, dating back to 1986, Mark has guided hundreds of college athletes through the rigors of gaining a college education, while participating in sports.

Mark's qualifications include:

Assistant Coach - University of Alaska - Anchorage, 1986-1990

Assistant Coach - University of Massachusetts - Lowell, 1990-1994

Head Coach - New England College, 1994-2001

Head Coach - Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE), 2001-2018

Assistant Athletic Director & Compliance Office - Milwaukee School of Engineering, 2001-2018

Prior to his collegiate coaching career, Mark's accomplishments include:

Head Coach & General Manager - Dubuque Fighting Saints (USHL)

Professional Player - Västerås HC & Malungs IF (Sweden)

Graduate of University of Wisconsin & Four-Year Letter Winner in Men's Ice Hockey - NCAA Champion 1977

The WSHL Academic Guidance Program will begin operation as of December 15, 2018, prior to the 18th-annual WSHL College Showcase in Las Vegas, NV. held December 18-21 with 130 + college hockey coaches in attendance.