May 11, 1998
COLUMBUS, Ohio – After serving as an undergraduate volunteer assistant coach on this year’s NCAA Final Four team, Steve Brent was named a full-time assistant hockey coach at The Ohio State University today.
Brent, a 1998 graduate of OSU, joins head coach John Markell and assistant coach Casey Jones on the existing staff. He will spend a majority of his time recruiting, and during the season will play an integral role in on-ice instruction and player development. “I’m really excited to be a part of the university I attended,” Brent said. “From my days as a student and hockey player here, I know what a special place Ohio State University is. I feel like passing that kind of insight on to potential student-athletes will only make our program more successful.”
The addition of Brent to an already talented staff of recruiters will most likely give Ohio State a greater presence in western Canada. He is native of Penticton, British Columbia, and played junior hockey in Estevan, Saskatchewan – two hockey-rich provinces that are virtually untapped in terms of OSU hockey. The Buckeyes had more players from Ontario (9) and Quebec (3) than any other team in the CCHA this season, but had just three players from all of Western Canada. “I think I can really open some doors in the west,” Brent added.
“There are some extremely talented players there and from my playing days I have numerous contacts throughout the area. I’m extremely excited with the opportunities that John (Markell) and Casey (Jones) have put in front of me.”
Although his playing career at Ohio State came to an end at the conclusion of the 1997 season, Brent remains one of the all-time OSU hockey fan favorites. Known as an incredibly emotional and spirited player, Brent remains the only three-time captain in Ohio State history. He played in 123 games in four years, and ranks third in OSU’s career record book for penalty minutes (477). Current Buckeye and All-American Hugo Boisvert calls the Brent the best leader he has ever had at any level of organized hockey. “Steve gives us the mobility of a young, hungry coach that can get out there on the road recruiting and stay out there,” Markell said. “Previously we have not had that dimension. He brings a lot to the table and has a lot to offer, both from a recruiting standpoint and in regard to interpersonal relations with the team.”