Returning back to FGCU in 2013 is Bob Brinkworth. Brinkworth will retain his head coaching position behind the bench of a very familiar team. This will be Brinkworth's seventh season as a coach for the program and during his time with the Eagles, Bob has successfully coached the team to five national championship appearances. Since joining the FGCU Hockey team in early 2002 the Eagles have been in a winning mode and have earned a record of 204-51-7-3 with Coach Brinkworth behind the bench.
Born on May 10, 1942, Bob began skating and playing hockey on the ponds and rinks in his hometown Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Bob attended Rensselaer Polytechnic University (RPI) in Troy, New York, where he played three years of hockey at the NCAA Division 1 level. While at RPI, he was named "ECAC Rookie of the Year" in 1962 and "ECAC Player of the Year" both in 1963 and 1964. He earned 216 points in 71 games while at RPI and is tied with Adam Oates as the third leading scorer in Rensselaer hockey history. Bob was named as an All-American twice and is considered one of the best Captains in RPI sports history. Brinkworth was drafted by the Montreal Canadiens upon graduation and immediately turned pro.
Bob started his professional career with the Omaha Knights of the Central Professional Hockey League (CPHL) in 1964. He then played in the American Hockey League (AHL) for the Providence Reds and Baltimore Clippers from 1965-1969. After much success in the AHL, Brinkworth moved on to capture two Turner Cups while playing in the International Hockey League (IHL) for the Port Huron Wings (the Detroit Red Wings farm team), from 1970-1974. At the end of the 1973-1974 season, Bob retired from professional hockey after playing nine seasons, amassing 335 points as a pro.
Brinkworth started his coaching career in the Michigan hockey system, standing behind the bench of such notable teams as the Little Caesars "AAA" Hockey Club. He has coached at both the amateur and professional levels and helped produce National Hockey League (NHL) standouts Adam Burt, formerly of the Carolina Hurricanes, and Mike Modano, of the Dallas Stars.
Coach Brinkworth was also honored as the 2009 ACHA Mens Division 2 Coach of the Year and was also selected to serve as an assistant coach for the 2009-2010 ACHA Division 2 Selects which travelled overseas to Europe to compete against semi-professional teams from Italy, France, Switzerland, and Germany.