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.

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 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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