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Boys Basketball

Trusley tabbed as new Westerville North coach


Westerville North High School has promoted longtime assistant Shan Trusley to lead the boys basketball program.

Trusley replaces Kevin Thuman, who spent 18 seasons as the Warriors’ head coach.

“Shan’s passion for our high school and the young people he serves coupled with his experience are indicative of the path and vision we have for the continued excellence of the Warriors basketball program,” Westerville North principal Kurt Yancey said.

Trusley, a 1988 graduate of North, played point guard on a district championship team in his senior season. After high school, he was an eighth-grade coach at Walnut Springs Middle School for three seasons and was North’s freshman coach for one season. He began as a varsity assistant in 1993 and continued though this past season.

“Shan has been an assistant at North even before I became head coach (in the 1995-96 season),” Thuman said. “That kind of commitment goes a long way and it’s why we have a program like have at Westerville North.”

Trusley, an English teacher, has taught at North since 1995.

The Warriors finished 23-2 overall this season and won their first league title since 1997-98, finishing 14-0 in the OCC-Cardinal Division. Second-seeded North lost to 13th-seeded Newark 59-55 on March 6 in a district semifinal at Westerville Central.