Mains returns to Plum as varsity hockey head coach

Wednesday, May 23, 2018 | 10:34 PM

A sizeable portion of Phil Mains' growth in hockey came in the several years he spent as a player in the Plum program more than a decade ago.

He recently returned to his alma mater as the new varsity hockey head coach.

Mains, a 2005 Plum graduate, replaces another Plum hockey alum, Vinnie Somma, who stepped down after three seasons at the helm of the Mustangs.

Mains served the past four seasons as an assistant coach with the University of Pittsburgh's Division I team in the American College Hockey Association. During that time, he helped the Panthers compiled a 73-43 overall record.

Pitt won the College Hockey Mid America regular-season title and qualified for the ACHA national tournament the past two campaigns.

Mains takes over a Plum team that won the 2017 Penguins Cup AA championship and made the playoffs this season after moving up to AAA.

Michael Love is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at or via Twitter @Mlove_Trib.

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