Kevin Thuman has decided to retire as coach of the Westerville North High School boys basketball team.
In 18 seasons leading the Warriors, he was 216-195 overall.
“It’s a good time to leave,” said Thuman, whose team finished 23-2 this season. “I have one more year of teaching left, and given the turnover on the team, it will give whomever may be the new coach a chance to work with some young kids for the next couple of seasons.”
The Warriors went 14-0 in the OCC-Cardinal Division this season to win their first league title since 1997-98. They were seeded second in the Division I district tournament and reached a district semifinal for a fifth consecutive season before losing to Newark 59-55 on March 6 at Westerville Central.
“Being a head coach has become a 365-day per year job,” said Thuman, who teaches eighth-grade American history at Heritage Middle School in Westerville. “The offseason has become to where you just can’t get a break. I want to be able to not miss things with my children and grandchildren.”