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Thuman retiring as Westerville North coach


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.”