A Rich Tradition of Success
The Centerville High School Varsity Hockey Team has a rich history of success. Founded and recognized in 1973 as an OHSAA sanctioned varsity sport, CHS Hockey quickly established its name in Ohio by winning a State Title in 1979 under Coach Keith Harring. In the years that followed, Centerville continued its standard of excellence.
The Tim Evans Years
In 1988, Tim Evans took over the program and in his 16 year tenure established one of the most respected and dominate varsity teams in Ohio. Under Coach Evans, the Elks won 10 League Titles, 9 trips to the Elite Eight of State, and 2 Final Four appearances.
The Andy Sloan Years
In 2003, the closing of South Metro (then called “The Stick”) for one year caused the team to move afternoon practices to Hara Arena. This change in time and location caused Coach Evans to choose to retire. CHS hired former player Andy Sloan as head coach. Under Coach Sloan the Elks remained competitive in the SWOHSHL
Adam Frank Years
In 2007, CHS hired Adam Frank, a former player of Evans. In Coach Frank’s second season, the 2009 Centerville Elks went to the State Final Four for the first time in 12 years and only the 4th time in the program's long history. Under Coach Frank, the Elks won 1 League Title, 2 Division Titles, 2 trips to the Elite Eight of State, and 1 Final Four appearance.
Simon Excoffon Years
In 2013, Simon Excoffon was hired after Adam Frank’s departure. Excoffon led the team to a record of 36-19-4 during his time as coach. During his second and final season as coach, Excoffon’s team set a team record for shorthanded goals and tied the record for shutouts in a season, a record that had gone unmatched for 18 years. Centerville finished the 2014-15 season ranked 9th in the District and 27th in State but made an early exit in the District tournament losing to top-seeded Dublin Jerome in the second round.
The Elks, coached by Craig Chabut, compete in the Southwest Ohio High School Hockey League (SWOHSHL), which includes teams from Dayton, Cincinnati, and the surrounding areas. In the State Tournament the Elks compete against SWOHSHL and Columbus teams to earn a birth in the Final Four. Ohio is the 7th most populous state in the Nation for varsity high school hockey, and offers top notch competition, especially from teams in Toledo and Cleveland.