Mark Hess has been named coach of the Hilliard Darby High School boys basketball team.
He replaces Jim VanWinkle, whose contract was not renewed after one season as interim coach.
Hess has been a varsity assistant at Olentangy Liberty for four seasons under Greg Nossaman and was a freshman coach under Nossaman for one season at Willard. He played high school basketball at Ashland and in college at Mount Vernon Nazarene.
The Panthers finished 6-15 overall last season after losing to Worthington Kilbourne 59-43 in the opening round of the Division I district tournament. They finished seventh (3-11) in the OCC-Central Division behind champion Upper Arlington (12-2).