Brent Darnell

Senior Director of Education

Brent Darnell, a four-year standout at Michigan State University, joined College Hockey Inc. in April 2016 as the organization's Director of Education. Darnell’s work leading College Hockey Inc.’s efforts to promote NCAA hockey to talented young players and their families earned him a promotion to Senior Director of Education in 2018.

“I am very excited at the great opportunity I have to be a member of College Hockey Inc.,” Darnell said. “I look forward to educating families on the many benefits of college hockey. My four years as a student-athlete at Michigan State were the best years of my life and helped mold me into the person I am today.”

Darnell graduated from Michigan State in May 2015 with a degree in Economics after earning Academic All-Big Ten honors three times. A two-year member of the USHL’s Sioux Falls Stampede prior to attending MSU, Darnell works out of the offices of USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program in Plymouth, Mich.

A native of Canton, Mich., Darnell played youth hockey for Compuware and Victory Honda and high school hockey at Detroit Catholic Central. He currently coaches youth hockey in Michigan, working alongside former NCAA coach and current USA Hockey American Development Model Regional Manager Bob Mancini, and assists the staff at USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program.

Darnell’s coach at Michigan State, Tom Anastos, was one of the driving forces behind the creation of College Hockey Inc. while he was commissioner of the CCHA.

“I have seen first-hand the entrepreneurial spirit that Brent will bring to College Hockey Inc. and his efforts should benefit college hockey as a whole,” Anastos said. “He’s an enthusiastic, well-spoken young man who has a passion for our sport and will convey the many benefits of playing NCAA hockey to College Hockey Inc.’s various audiences.”

Brent may be reached by email at or on Twitter @Brent_Darnell