Corey Taber will help begin a new era in Columbus Academy athletics.

Taber has been named coach of the school’s first hockey team. The Vikings will compete at the junior varsity level this winter.

Taber, 25, grew up in Columbus and played in various youth programs, including as a captain for the Ohio AAA Blue Jackets Under-16 team. He also captained the varsity team at Westminster in Simsbury, Connecticut, played junior hockey in Quebec and graduated from McGill University in Montreal.

In addition to coaching within the Olentangy and Team C-Bus programs, he served as assistant coach for the Columbus Vikings bantam team this past winter.

“With the talented student-athletes and resources available at Columbus Academy, I think we have a unique opportunity to build a top-tier hockey program in the coming years,” Taber said.

Hockey will be the school’s 23rd athletics program and eighth winter sport.