Ian Gentile, Vice President of Hockey Operations with the United States Hockey League completed his master's degree online from West Virginia University in sport management in 2020 while working full-time. After over a decade working his way up the ranks in the Chicago Blackhawks organization, a stint that included three Stanley Cup championships, he served as the Director of High Performance and National teams for USA football for 14 months before returning to the rink in his current position. Read more about his current role, his career journey and the impact WVU has had on him, as well as advice for students aspiring to work in the sport industry.
Name: Ian Gentile
Hometown: Chicago, Ill.
Academic history: Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (2008), Master of Science degree from West Virginia University (2020)
Full-time employment history prior to new role as Vice President, Hockey Operations, USHL :
USA Football (2022-23)
Director, High Performance and National Teams
Chicago Blackhawks (2007-21), Stanley Cup Champions (2010, 2013, 2015)
Senior Manager, Player Development (2017-21)
Manager, Player Development (2014-17)
Manager, Hockey Administration (2012-14)
Coordinator, Hockey Operations (2010-13)
Scouting Coordinator (2009-10)
Hockey Operations Intern (2007-2009)