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Sean Moloney named Chatham men’s goaltending coach, reunites with Mike Gershon

Chatham goaltender Matt Calas makes a save against Wilkes on Nov. 16, 2019. -- BRIAN MITCHELL

The Chatham NCAA Men’s Division III hockey team has made another coaching addition. Just a month after former RMU assistant Mike Gershon was named head coach, the club has added Sean Moloney as goaltending coach, reuniting the two from their time together with the NAHL’s Keystone Ice Miners.

“I was in the NAHL with the Keystone Ice Miners in our one season in Connellsville in 2014-15, where I met and worked with Coach Gershon,” Maloney said via email.

That year, both of Maloney’s goaltenders received NCAA Division I offers. Alex Blankenburg played at Nebraska-Omaha from 2015-16 to 2018-19. Nick Kossoff went to Lake Superior State, playing 72 games over the same span and finishing with a 2.95 goals against average and a 0.907 save percentage.

Moloney most recently held the goaltending coach position with the Duquesne ACHA Men’s Division I team since the 2018-19 season. Moloney told Pittsburgh Hockey Digest that he plans to remain with the Dukes in addition to his new role with Chatham.

“I am the goaltending coach at Duquesne and will continue to hold that position this season as well. I owe the program a lot and Coach [Conrad] Waite is a great man and is taking our program in the right direction. He’s a guy and coach I’d want my son to play for,” Moloney said. “It’s a great group of kids too, so I’m really happy to be able to stay with Duquesne as well as working with Chatham.”

Prior to joining Duquesne’s staff as the goaltending coach, he held the same position with ACHA rivals Robert Morris, IUP, and Washington & Jefferson. While with the Colonials ACHA team, Moloney coached Jon Hoffmann to an All-American season in 2006. Hoffmann is currently an assistant with Chatham’s women’s team.

Moloney has experience coaching in the women’s game as well. After a brief stint with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights in 2015, he joined the women’s hockey staff at Lebanon Valley College, their first year at the NCAA Division III level. That year, the starting goaltender was Jillian Moffat, who currently holds the NCAA Women’s Division III record for most career saves with 3,544 over three seasons from 2016-2019.

Moloney and Hoffmann also run a goaltending academy called Building Blocks Goaltending in Pittsburgh. Moloney is the published author of the book Modern Goaltending, Modern Game and also contributes as a goaltending development writer for ParamountHockey.com.

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