Sean Luzader has been named Thomas Worthington High School boys basketball coach, pending board approval in July.
Luzader, 42, was elevated to the position after serving as an assistant coach under Bob Miller for 13 seasons.
Miller, 73, announced his retirement last month after posting a 573-323 career record over 41 seasons, including a 423-269 mark in 31 seasons with the Cardinals.
Last season, the Cardinals finished 14-9 overall and 8-6 in the OCC-Central Division.
"I'm definitely excited about this opportunity because I'm a Cardinal and I couldn't even imagine coaching anywhere else at this point in my career," Luzader said. "My focus is to try to respect the history and rich tradition of Thomas Worthington basketball, yet make it my own program by bringing in fresh, new ideas."
Luzader played four seasons at Mount Gilead before graduating in 1990 and was an assistant coach for his alma mater while at earning a teaching degree at Ohio State. He was an assistant coach at Beaufort (S.C.) Battery Creek during the 1995-96 season before arriving at Thomas, where he taught business and served as an assistant coach from 1996-97 through 2000-01.
Luzader left Thomas to become the head coach at Mount Gilead, where he compiled a 54-53 record, including three winning seasons. In 2002-03, the Indians were ranked as high as seventh in the Division III state poll and reached a district final for only the second time since 1954.
After five seasons at Mount Gilead, Luzader returned to Thomas in 2006-07 to teach business. He rejoined Miller's coaching staff and served as an assistant for the past eight seasons.
"I've been coaching since I was 19 years old, but I've been a part of the Worthington program for a total of 13 years, and I'm a Cardinal in my heart," Luzader said. "The transition to becoming a head coach feels comfortable here.
"While I'll be implementing some new ideas, I already understand the history and tradition of what's been done here, and I'll be doing a lot of the same things as we've done in the past."
Miller, whose coaching career spanned 41 years, has nothing but high praise for his successor.
"Sean won't miss a beat," he said. "He's done a great job with the kids and he's very dedicated to helping them in a lot of different ways. Sean and (assistant coach) Bill Romine have been a very good team who have worked well together for many years. I'm really happy that he got the job because he'll do an outstanding job."
It's Miller time
An open house for former players and their families to visit with Miller and celebrate his coaching career will be held from 3-7 p.m. May 18 at York Country Club.