Chris Barnes, the only boys basketball coach Central Crossing High School has had, has ended his seven-year tenure with the program.

Chris Barnes, the only boys basketball coach Central Crossing High School has had, has ended his seven-year tenure with the program.

"Mr. Barnes resigned from his coaching position," athletics director Zoraba Ross said.

"It's been a nice run," Barnes said. "Anytime you spend so long in a certain area, it's time to go. Now is as good a time as any."

Central Crossing finished 11-10 overall last season after losing to Dublin Jerome 55-47 in the first round of the Division I district tournament. The Comets' only other winning season was 2006-07, when they went 12-9.

Barnes, whose teams have won at least 10 games the last three seasons, had a career record of 53-94. Central Crossing has yet to win a district tournament game.

He is the third coach to leave Central Crossing since Ross took over as athletics director in 2007. Girls basketball coach Tracy Galloway left last April and softball coach Rick Wemlinger left last November.

Galloway and Barnes were two of the three coaches who still were around since Central Crossing opened in 2002. Cross country and track coach Mark Tremayne is the only one to remain from the original staff.

Barnes had a special relationship to the program's current senior class led by his son, Bryce Barnes, who finished his career as the program's all-time leading scorer with 1,188 points (19.2 per game). ShaJuan Grace had 734 points (11.5).

After missing his junior season with a knee injury, Bryce Barnes averaged 20.7 points as a senior and was first-team all-OCC-Central Division and second-team all-district. Next season, Barnes will play at West Virginia Wesleyan, a Division II school in Buckhannon, W.Va.

"This year's senior class was the sixth-grade class when I got here and they were the first kids I met and first kids I coached," Barnes said. "I'll now have the opportunity to get to see Bryce play in college and still either coach or watch my other two boys play. I don't think it was going to be possible staying here."

For now, Barnes plans to relax and was uncertain on his future and whether those plans include coaching basketball.

Assistants Anthony Mangette and Paul Morrow have been with Barnes all seven seasons, and he hopes they have the opportunity to be his replacement.

"They've put in the time and deserve it if they want that chance," Barnes said.

Among those expected to return are junior Tyler Miller and sophomores Blake Barnes and Jake Forrest.

Tyler Miller (8.1 points per game) and Blake Barnes (7.4) started alongside Bryce Barnes, Grace and Max McDonald. Forrest (foot) missed seven games and averaged five points.

The position initially was posted internally and now is open to outside candidates as well. Deadline is May 6, at which time Ross plans to narrow the field to "eight to 10" candidates, with interviews beginning the week of May 11.

"But a lot of it will depend on what happens when the school levy is voted on May 5," Ross said.