COLUMBUS, Ohio – Steve Brent, a part of the Ohio State hockey program first as a player and then as a member of the coaching staff, has decided to resign his position and take a job outside of hockey. In all, Brent has been associated with the Buckeye program for 17 years, earning four letters and then serving on the coaching staff for 13 of the last 14 campaigns.
“We wish Steve and his family all the best as he enters the next phase of his life,” Mark Osiecki, Ohio State head coach, said. “He truly exemplifies what it means to be a Buckeye. His passion for Ohio State is evident in the way he gave his all each day to help the program. He will truly be missed.”
Brent began his coaching career as the team’s volunteer coach in 1997-98, the year the team made its first NCAA Frozen Four appearance. He joined the staff as a full-time assistant the next year and coached through 2005-06. After a year away from the bench he rejoined the program as the volunteer coach in 2007-08 and returned to a full-time role in August 2008.
While Brent was an assistant coach for the Buckeyes, the squad made six NCAA tournament appearances and finished in the Top 4 of the Central Collegiate Hockey Association four times. The squad had five trips to the CCHA championship tournament at Joe Louis Arena, while the second-place finish in the 2004-05 regular season was the highest in over 20 years. Brent also was a member of the staff that led the squad to the 2004 CCHA Championship, the program’s first since 1972 and the second in school history. Brent played a large role in the Buckeyes’ recruiting efforts. During his time with the squad, Ohio State had three players combine for four All-America honors as well as two Hobey Baker Memorial Award finalists. Numerous players have earned both All-CCHA honors and major conference awards. Ten Buckeyes have been selected in the NHL Entry Draft, including three first-round picks. Academically, there have been 83 Ohio State Scholar-Athlete recipients and 44 Academic All-Big Ten selections.
Brent was a three-time captain for the Buckeyes, skating for the squad from 1994-97. One of Buckeye hockey’s all-time favorite players, he saw action in 123 games and is third in the Buckeye record books with 477 career penalty minutes. He had 13 goals and 23 assists as a Buckeye and earned the team’s most valuable freshman and best defensive player awards. He earned his bachelor’s degree in education in 2008, was a three-time Ohio State Scholar-Athlete and a recipient of a Corwin A. Fergus postgraduate award.
Brent’s and his wife, Adi, are the proud parents of Tess (2) and Alexander (1). The couple is expecting its third child in September.
A search for Brent’s replacement will begin immediately.