New Trojans hockey coach returns to his roots: Former Red Deer College hockey player comes back to ACAC
After a long career coaching and developing hockey players at all levels, new Trojans men’s hockey coach Brent Devost is returning to where it began for him as a player.
Devost was hired by the Trojans in May, after spending the last 19 years running two private schools, the Edge School and later North Point School. Both schools follow Devost’s focus on academics, athletics and character development.
Before coaching, he played for Red Deer College in the early 1990s, and decided it was time to return to the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC).
“It seemed the right fit from a family perspective,” said Devost.
He said that the more he talked with SAIT athletic director Wade Kolmel, “the more I got excited.”
After Devost founded the Edge School in 1999, it grew from just seven to 320 students in a decade. After the Edge School “consumed most of [his] professional life,” Devost said he was excited to get back behind the bench.
He had been around the block as a coach, starting from a “very young age.”
“The opportunity to come back into an elite background coaching young men was something I was interested in.”
He hired his own staff for the Trojans, and admits “any coach is as good as his players and the staff that he builds.”
“We want to build on [SAIT’s] legacy of success.”
The new roster includes many new forwards and only two returning defencemen from last season. Devost said that he is “working hard to bring in a new defensive core.”
To help bring along this new roster, Devost started camp a week earlier than normal. He said that his focus was building a strong transition game from defence to offence.
For the last two seasons, the Trojans men’s team has been eliminated early in the ACAC playoffs.
“You always expect to come to the season with a talented hockey team.”
“It’s our job [as coaches] to put the structure in place to get to the next level again, get beyond the first or second round to the championship again.”
The men’s hockey season starts on Oct. 6, with the Trojans visiting Portage College. The home opener is on Oct. 13 against Concordia University of Edmonton.