DeSales High School athletics director Tom Neubert considers himself lucky in the wake of two recent coaching hires.
Darcy Cahill is taking over as hockey coach, and Brenden Pence recently was tabbed to lead the girls volleyball team. Both bring considerable success to their new teams.
Cahill was 68-54-8-1 the past four seasons with Dublin Coffman and led the Shamrocks to the 2016 state tournament. He replaces Dominic Locilento, who was 28-44-2-1 in three seasons.
“(Cahill’s) wife (Renee) graduated from here, and her family are DeSales supporters,” Neubert said. “He has a big challenge in front of him, but he is super-excited. The experience he has in high-school hockey, and all levels of hockey, is a great asset. His is a name you recognize immediately.”
A native of Kingston, Ontario, Cahill was selected by the Vancouver Canucks in the 12th round (239th overall) of the 1989 NHL draft and played professionally for parts of 12 seasons, although he never played in the NHL.
This past season, DeSales went 5-20-1-1 overall and 0-14-1-1 with 2 points in the Capital Hockey Conference-White Division, fifth behind champion New Albany (24, 11-3-0-2).
Pence replaces Andy Feltz, who stepped down after four seasons but remains the school’s boys volleyball coach.
Pence coached at Centennial from 2012-15, guiding the Stars to records of 71-23 overall and 57-0 in City League-North play with three City championships in four seasons.
Feltz’s teams were 84-20 overall and 27-3 in the CCL with four Division I district championships and two state tournament appearances.
“He’s at the top as far as volleyball knowledge,” Neubert said of Pence. “He’s a young, energetic guy and friends with Andy. He has what it takes to keep our program competitive and hopefully make us even better.”