Barrett selected as Westerville Central coach
Donovon Barrett has been named boys basketball coach at Westerville Central High School.
The school board approved his hiring May 20.
Barrett, 41, has coached the school's girls tennis team the past eight seasons.
"We know Donovon because he coaches girls tennis in our building, so we already have a good relationship with him and are familiar with the way we works and the way he does things," athletics director Andy Ey said. "That led to him distancing himself from the other candidates."
Barrett was the boys basketball coach at Buckeye Valley the past 14 seasons. He led the Barons to seven Mid-Ohio Athletic Conference titles, including the last four.
"I was pretty happy where I was," he said. "It had to take a special place to lure me away and Westerville Central fit the bill. I was looking for some tough-minded kids that were coachable and that were willing to compete and I was familiar with Central."
Barrett, who will teach history at Heritage Middle School, replaces Todd Minney, who resigned after Central went 12-12 overall and 6-8 in the OCC-Cardinal Division last season. Minney had coached the team since its first year in 2003.
"Donovon will be able to build on the foundation that we already have because we have a pretty good foundation in boys basketball right now," Ey said. "He'll be able to build on some of the areas that we may have been deficient on and some of the things that we may have been looking for. He's going to be able to do those things and put everything together and get us to that next level."