Brent Hughes was named head coach of the Beast on July 18, 2014 after spending the 2013-14 season as the club’s assistant coach. Brampton went 33-26-7 in its first season of existence and advanced to the Central Hockey League playoffs.
The 32-year-old joined the Beast after one season as serving as an assistant coach with the North York Rangers of the Ontario Junior A Hockey League. Prior to his time with North York, he spent two seasons with the Dundee Stars of the Elite Ice Hockey League in the United Kingdom, serving as a player/assistant coach during the 2010-11 season and as player/head coach in 2011-12.
A native of Toronto, Hughes played five seasons of professional hockey in North America from 2003-08 with Austin, Amarillo and Colorado of the Central Hockey League and Port Huron of the International Hockey League. A forward, Hughes tallied 175 points (73g-102a) in 275 career regular-season games.