Our New Head Coach

by John Kliment

Today Elmira revealed the man selected to lead their squad in their first season, Head Coach Brent Clarke. 


Brent Clarke, 31, is a native of Bolton, Ontario.  Brent has had a successful playing career in over 400 pro hockey games, including the IHL, ECHL, CHL, SPHL, and the FHL. 


When asked about how he felt about coming to Elmira, Brent said “The last time I coached in New York State I won a championship with the Watertown Wolves, so I am excited about coming back. I have played a couple of games against Elmira when I was in the ECHL. The arena is beautiful and I am excited to get going.” Clarke was extremely grateful to team ownership as well. "I want to say thank you to Robbie Nichols for choosing me. (Robbie) has been around every league possible and to have good people around you going into the season can make the difference.”


Clarke takes on his third head coaching job, with all of them coming at the FHL level. His first season as a head coach Clarke successfully lead the upstart Watertown Wolves to their first FHL Championship in 2015. After that successful run, Brent returned to play for the Danville Dashers as a player/assistant coach in 2015-16 before bouncing between the FHL and SPHL in 2016-17. 


Clarke spent all of last year at the helm of the Danville Dashers. The Dashers won nine of their first 12 contests and in 10 of those 12 games the Dashers scored five or more goals. Despite not finding the same success of his first campaign behind the bench, Clarke did lead the Dashers to their fourth straight playoff appearance.


Elmira Owner Robbie S. Nichols said “We are very pleased Brent Clarke was available. Brent brings a wealth of knowledge about the Federal Hockey League to Elmira. He has won a championship at this level and I look forward to working with him.” 


Season ticket packages for Elmira’s first season of FHL hockey are available now by contacting First Arena directly at (607) 734-7825.