Westerville North High School has begun the search for a new boys soccer coach after Jesse Rose resigned on April 14.

Westerville North High School has begun the search for a new boys soccer coach after Jesse Rose resigned on April 14.

Rose led the Warriors to a 16-28-8 record in three seasons, improving the team's mark each year. North finished 8-9-2 in 2009, but lost to Upper Arlington in its first district finals appearance since 2005.

"My decision stems from a career opportunity that would inevitably conflict with my coaching schedule," said Rose, who is a financial consultant with Morgan Stanley. "I love coaching the game, and I love being a part of a program that means so much to me.

"However, as expressed to the players and parents, it would not be fair to them nor in the best interest of the program for me to continue and be an absentee coach."

Rose joined North athletic director Jeff Wil1 on Apr. 14 to announce his decision to the players and parents.

"They weren't doing flips, but they understood and everyone was really happy for him," Will said. "I am so pleased with the direction he took the team and how strong his relationships with the players were. He will always be welcome as both a North alum and a good person."

The Warriors struggled to start the 2009 season. They failed to score more than one goal in their first six games and opened 0-5-1. But late in the year, North found its stride. The Warriors won five straight, including tournament wins over Mount Vernon and Westerville Central, before a 5-0 loss to UA ended their season.

North finished 2-1-2 (fifth) in the OCC-Cardinal Division, behind Dublin Jerome (6-0-1), Olentangy Liberty (5-1), Dublin Scioto (4-1-2) and Westerville Central (3-3-1), and ahead of Marysville (2-5), Westerville South (1-6) and Olentangy (1-5).

"I'm completely confident an excellent coach will be hired and will be able to build on the momentum we've created," Rose said. "I believe the returning players are highly motivated to continue that upward trend."

North's boys soccer history is rich with success. The program has made five state championship game appearances, winning titles in 1996 and 2003.