Former Storm Captain Kenny Brooks announced as Assistant Coach.
Courtesy of Storm Hockey
Kearney, NE. The Tri-City Storm has announced that former Storm Captain Kenny Brooks has been named Assistant Coach for the 2018-2019 season. Brooks skated for the Storm from 2009-2012, before playing four years collegiately at Penn State University. He also served as team Captain for the 2011-2012 season, and scored more than thirty goals in his USHL career.
Kenny Brooks, 26, of Las Vegas, NV, returns to Kearney following a 170 game playing career with the Storm that spanned three seasons. During the 2011-2012 season, he became the 13th player in team history to record a hat trick during a regular season game. Brooks netted three goals in Tri-Citys 8-3 defeat of rival Lincoln at the Viaero Center on February 18th, 2012. In total, Brooks scored 34 goals and recorded 56 assists during his career with the Storm. After a three year career with Tri-City, Brooks enrolled at Penn State University and suited up for the Nittany Lions during their first season as an NCAA DI program. He skated in 117 games for Penn State during his four year career. Brooks scored 14 goals and provided 32 assists for the Nittany Lions offense from 2012 to 2016. Following his time at Penn State, Brooks played professionally during the 2016-2017 season with the Atlanta Gladiators and Colorado Eagles of the ECHL. He scored his first professional goal on January 1st, 2017 in Colorados 6-4 loss to the Alaska Aces. Brooks netted 6 goals and registered 6 assists for the Eagles during the 2016-2017 season. Most recently, Brooks has spent time as a youth hockey instructor in his hometown of Las Vegas, NV.
Im really excited to return to Kearney and join the Storm coaching staff! Kearney is a place where I spent three years of my life, I have an emotional attachment to the city and to the Storm organization. This is going to be a really cool experience for me and my family, and I look forward to helping both the Storm and the youth hockey program this year. I believe that I can relate well to our players because I have experienced where they are now, and where theyre trying to go in their hockey careers. Ive learned a lot about teaching through the youth program in Las Vegas. I get to work with players at a basic level, see what works for them and what doesnt, and see their growth over time. My favorite part is seeing the kids improve and get better with their play - Assistant Coach Kenny Brooks
It was an easy decision to bring Kenny on board for this season. Ive had the luxury to spend time with him the last couple of years, and Ive seen his transition into coaching. He was around our players at our summer camp last month, and he devoted every minute of his time that week to helping our team get better. Kenny has a lot of passion for our organization, and wants to contribute in any way possible. He is someone who has worn our jersey, and he represents everything it stands for. - GM/Head Coach Anthony Noreen