Phil DiSabato has been named coach of the Worthington Kilbourne High School wrestling team, according to athletics director Bill Weary.

Phil DiSabato has been named coach of the Worthington Kilbourne High School wrestling team, according to athletics director Bill Weary.

The hiring is pending board approval, but DiSabato will be able to begin working with the team as early as today.

"Coach DiSabato and I have to meet and get all the paperwork straightened out," Weary said. "Barring anything I don't know, I don't anticipate anything that would eliminate him from becoming the coach."

DiSabato emerged from a group of six candidates.

"We went through a process of assessing each candidate, and in the long run Phil was the guy," Weary said.

"We established a process and an interview committee that had kids from the team and parents and they actually asked some of the questions.

"He has a very broad background in wrestling. He has experience wrestling at Ohio State and being a high school state champion in Ohio. He has that experience and knowledge that we want all of our coaches to have."

The board may not approve DiSabato until late September or early October.

"Our human resources department is very good at getting stuff done, but they obviously have other tasks they're dealing with," Weary said. "Right now we're planning on a late September or early October meeting agenda and all that is done 15 to 30 days in advance of the sport season."

DiSabato teaches at Sherwood Middle School and coaches the club wrestling team at Ohio State. His experience includes being a volunteer assistant at DeSales from 1987-89 and coach at Northland from 1993-95 and Delaware from 1999-2004.

He graduated from Ohio State with a degree in physical education and received his health license from Capital.

DiSabato will not take a teaching position.

"Currently there are no positions open that he's qualified for in Worthington schools," Weary said. "If a position becomes available, we'd like for him to be a candidate for it."

DiSabato takes over for Sean Cooke, who coached the Wolves the last two seasons. Cooke had started to turn around the program, leading the Wolves to a second place (3-2) finish in the OCC-Cardinal Division last year, followed by a third-place finish in a Division I sectional and a 28th-place showing at district.

Weary said he would be open to having Cooke remain with the program in a part-time or volunteer assistant role.

"It's always unfortunate to lose a coach who has come in and done a quality job like he did," Weary said of Cooke. "We certainly understand and respect his circumstances."