Spalding names former assistant Rob Trantin head ice hockey coach

Archbishop Spalding assistant ice hockey coach Rob Trantin has been hired as head coach, the school announced Wednesday.

Trantin, a 2001 Spalding graduate who was captain of the ice hockey team for three years, had been an assistant since 2009, during which time the Cavaliers won two Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference championships.

The Cavaliers lost the title game to Calvert Hall, 7-4, last season and finished with an 11-6-2 record.

Trantin replaces Patrick McNeally, who had been coach since 2011. Before that Trantin's father, Bob Trantin, was Spalding's coach.

Spalding athletic director Jeff Parsons said McNeally resigned about two weeks ago after his "real world" job relocated him to Florida. McNeally is president of the Orlando division of New Jersey-based K. Hovnanian Homes.

"It was a natural progression," Parsons said of Trantin's hiring. "[McNeally] will be greatly missed for sure. ... We knew that this was a possibility, but when they finalized it, it happened very quickly. Professionally, it is a great opportunity for him."

That opened the door for Trantin, who presumably won't need to spend much time getting up to speed.

“I am excited to continue the tradition following in both Patrick and my father’s footsteps, and I look forward to the challenges and experiences that are associated with it,” Trantin said in a statement.

Trantin played for the Washington Junior Capitals from 2001-2002 before moving to New England to play in the Eastern Junior Hockey League. He attended Morrisville State College in New York, where he won National Junior College Athletic Association titles in 2004 and 2005.

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