Shan Trusley called it "a dream come true" to become Westerville North High School boys basketball coach.
On April 4, North promoted the longtime assistant to replace Kevin Thuman, who recently stepped down after 18 seasons.
"It's something that I have thought about for a long time," Trusley said. "I have been coaching in the system for 24 years and at the high school for the last 20.
"I grew up here, went to school here and now I teach here. It's a dream come true and is both exciting and an honor to be the next coach at North."
Trusley, a 1988 North graduate, 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 North's freshman coach for one season. He began as a varsity assistant in 1993, a role he continued though this past season.
"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," principal Kurt Yancey said.
Trusley is North's fourth boys basketball coach since the school opened in 1975. Les Randolph led the Warriors until 1983, followed by Dave Hoover (1983-95) and Thuman (1995-2013).
"Shan has been an assistant at North even before I became head coach," said Thuman, who had a 216-195 career record. "That kind of commitment goes a long way and it's why we have a program like we have at Westerville North."
Trusley, an English teacher, has taught at North since 1995.
The Warriors finished 23-2 overall this past season and won their first league title since 1997-98, finishing 14-0 in the OCC-Cardinal Division. North lost to Newark 59-55 in a Division I district semifinal.
"I was joking around with someone that it's going be a different vantage point standing up (during games) instead of sitting down," Trusley said. "I'll have to watch the game situations and make the spur-of-the-moment decisions. I also will be making the final decisions about what to do at practice and in the offseason.
"There is a lot of responsibility involved, but it's something I look forward to doing. We've had a great staff here for years and they will make things easier."