Justin Taber was introduced as the new coach of the Dublin Coffman High School hockey team May 15.

A 2008 Olentangy Liberty graduate who has played and coached at the travel level and also played collegiately, Taber replaces Darcy Cahill, who left after last season to become the coach at DeSales.

Cahill led the Shamrocks to a 68-54-8-1 record in four seasons and guided them to the 2016 state tournament.

Taber has been coaching at the high school and travel levels since 2014.

“(Coffman has) got such a solid program,” he said. “It’s a good opportunity.”

The Shamrocks went 10-20-2-1 last season.

Taber played for the Olentangy club team as a freshman in 2004 and was a member of the inaugural Ohio AAA Blue Jackets U16 team in 2005. He then competed for that program’s U18 team from 2006-08 before playing for the Brockville Braves Junior A team in Brockville, Ontario, from 2008-10.

Taber played at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, in 2010-11.

He was an assistant at Olentangy in 2014-15, coached at the U16 and U18 levels for the C-Bus travel program from 2014-16 and was the head coach in 2016-17 for the Columbus Vikings, a U14 bantam travel team.

“His passion for the game of hockey shines through immediately,” athletics director Duane Sheldon said. “His philosophy of developing our student-athletes off the ice as well is consistent with ‘the Rock mentality.’ His energy, along with holding the boys accountable, we think is a great fit.”

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