The Pickerington High School Central boys basketball team played most of this past season without head coach Jerry Francis, and now the Tigers will go forward with someone else leading the program.
Francis recently resigned as coach, ending a four-year stint in which he guided the Tigers to the 2012 Division I state championship, as well as OCC-Ohio Division championships and district titles each of the past three years.
The job was posted on the Ohio High School Athletic Association website April 10.
Francis, who played for Ohio State from 1985-89 and scored 1,486 points, was 63-24 in three-plus seasons at Central. He suffered a mini-stroke and underwent back surgery in January, leaving full-time control of the Tigers to assistant coach Eric Krueger.
Francis’ last game coaching Central was Jan. 3, when the Tigers lost to Newark.
Francis, who has returned to his job as an attendance officer at Pickerington Central, was unavailable for comment April 10.
Central finished 20-6 overall and 11-3 in the OCC-Ohio this past season, sharing the league title with Gahanna and Newark. The Tigers lost to eventual state runner-up Upper Arlington 63-53 in a Division I regional semifinal.
Before taking over at Central, Francis had been an assistant coach at Ball State, Bowling Green, Butler, Houston, Nebraska, OSU and Wyoming between 1992-2006. Francis was an assistant coach at Eastmoor Academy in 2006-07, then was an assistant at Oregon State the next year.
Applicants should send a letter of interest and resume to Assistant Athletic Supervisor Peg Miller at firstname.lastname@example.org, and complete an online application at www.applitrack.com/pickerington/onlineapp/default.aspx.