During his four years as coach, Jamie Pearson helped the Dublin Jerome High School boys basketball program reach new heights.

Jerome went 74-26 during his tenure, including 64-13 over his final three seasons. In 2012-13, the season before he took over, the Celtics went just 7-15.

“I just felt like it was a good time to step away,” Pearson said. “Obviously, I’m super proud of what we accomplished the last four years. Obviously, none of it would have been possible without a great group of kids.”

Pearson, who taught at Dublin Coffman for nine years and has been teaching at Jerome the last four, coached Granville to a 17-7 record in 2010-11 and served as an assistant at Coffman before arriving at Jerome.

The Celtics went 24-3 and won a Division I district title in 2014-15 and finished 22-4 and were a district runner-up in 2015-16. He was named the state's co-Coach of the Year in 2014-15.

Last winter, Jerome went 18-6 and lost to Coffman 59-54 in the second round of the district tournament. The Celtics were OCC-Cardinal Division runners-up each of the last three seasons.

“I’m definitely interested in leading a program again, but for me, I just felt like it was the right time,” Pearson, 41, said. “I’ll be looking for some other opportunities, be it leadership stuff or coaching opportunities.”

Pearson, whose family includes a wife and two children, announced his decision to step down April 19.

“He was a great coach for us, so it’s a big loss,” athletics director Ryan Walker said. “He’s the most successful coach Jerome has had. In a short period of time, he built as much of a tradition as he could.”

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