Eddie Olczyk (OHL-chek) is in his fifth season as an assistant coach at Bemidji State. A former NCAA Division I player at Massachusetts, he joined the BSU coaching staff in 2016-17 after coaching stops at Division I and Division III programs on the east coast.
At Bemidji State Olczyk serves as the team's recruiting coordinator and works with BSU's forwards. In his first season, Olczyk helped lead the Beavers to their first WCHA regular-season title and 22nd in program history. At the conclusion of the 2016-17 season, BSU's Phil Marinaccio finished among the league's top 10 scorers and both he (Second-Team) and Gerry Fitzgerald (Third-Team) earned a spot on the All-WCHA squad. In 2017-18, forward Kyle Bauman (9g-21a) became the first BSU player since 2011-12 to record at least 30 points, while his 21 assists marked the most by a Beaver since BSU great Brad Hunt posted 21 in 2011-12. Owen Sillinger came onto the scene in 2018-19 earning a spot on the WCHA All-Rookie Team after leading all BSU freshmen and ranking fifth on the team with 19 points (10g-9a). His 10 goals tied for second on the team. Despite being cut short due to COVID-19, BSU's 2019-20 season was a rousing success. Averaging 3.21 goals per game, BSU ranked second in the WCHA, 13th in the nation and posted its best goals per game average since 2009-10. The Beavers finished the season ranked 11th in the nation to cap an eight-week run among the nation's top 20 teams. Forward Adam Brady, who led the nation with 12 power-play goals in 2019-20, became BSU's second First Team All-WCHA since joining the league in 2010-11. In addition, Sillinger was selected Second-Team All-WCHA and Elias Rosén earned a spot on the league's All-Rookie Team as well as Third Team All-WCHA recognition.
Since joining the BSU staff, Olczyk has helped the Beavers to a 75-57-22 (.556) overall record and a 66-31-15 (.656) mark in WCHA play.
Prior to 2016-17, Olczyk served as assistant coach at Niagara University in Lewiston, N.Y. In one season with the Purple Eagles, he aided in the planning of practices, teaching and development of players, and recruited across North America. In addition he served as the team’s academic coordinator and was responsible for all facets of its travel.
Prior to his time at Niagara, Olczyk spent one season (2014-15) as assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for Utica College, a Division III men’s hockey program in Utica, N.Y. As a part of the Pioneers’ coaching staff, Olczyk oversaw the defensemen, led their power-play unit and was responsible for recruiting forward Hayden Dawes, the 2015-16 ECAC-W Rookie of the Year and an all-rookie team honoree. He also developed and implemented the team’s pre-season and in-season weight training plan and coordinated the team’s community service initiative.
As a player, following three seasons (2006-09) in the United State Hockey League with the Sioux City Musketeers and Waterloo Blackhawks, the Long Grove, Ill. native was a four-year letterwinner (2009-2013) at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where he earned a spot on the Hockey East All-Academic Team. Olczyk was also named to the Ledyard National Bank Classic All-Tournament Team after leading the Minutemen past Bemidji State, 4-3, and netting an unassisted, short-handed goal as UMass claimed the 2012-13 Classic title.
Olczyk graduated from UMass in the spring of 2013 with a degree in psychology.
Beyond collegiate play, Olczyk played for the Bloomington Thunder of the Southern Professional Hockey League, where he logged 54 games during the 2014-15 season. Playing professionally, he followed in the footsteps of his father, Ed, who played 16 NHL seasons with the Blackhawks, Toronto Maple Leafs, Winnipeg Jets, New York Rangers, Los Angeles Kings and Pittsburgh Penguins, won a Stanley Cup, and later served as head coach of the Penguins.