Josh Schmitz, who served as an assistant under former Westerville Central High School wrestling coach Bob Fresch at Johnstown last season, will take over the Central program, pending school board approval.

Schmitz, 36, replaces Phil Carney, who stepped down after four seasons as coach to spend more time with his family, which includes son Clayton, 3, and daughter Katie, 1.

“I’m looking forward greatly to this,” Schmitz said. “It’s an awesome opportunity.”

A 2000 Watterson graduate, Schmitz wrestled at Capital University for one season before the program disbanded. He graduated from Franklin University in 2005.

Schmitz coached at Sells and Karrer middle schools in Dublin before joining the Johnstown program.

“The plan was for me to transition in and take (the Johnstown program) over,” Schmitz said. “But when we found out that the Central position was opening up, Bob encouraged me if I could get the job at Central, I have to take it. He was very supportive with my applying and he gave me a great recommendation.”

Carney was an assistant at Central for nine years before taking over the program in the 2013-14 season. He also served as an assistant at Westerville North.

“I’ve enjoyed coaching,” Carney said. “The cupboard isn’t bare like you see a lot of times when (coaches) leave. It’s a good time for someone else to start because they have some tools to have success… I still love wrestling just as much. I just want to spend time with my kids and my wife (Sarah).” 

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