The three Westerville high schools are searching for boys and girls lacrosse coaches with the programs officially becoming varsity sports in the 2017-18 school year.

North athletics director Wes Elifritz said this is part of lacrosse’s transition from club status.

“The coaches now have to be hired by the district,” he said. “In the past, the coaches were hired by the club.

“Per district policy, the coaches have to be district employees. They have to go through an official hiring process. It may turn out that we have the same coaches as last year, but they have to go through the process.”

The North boys were led this spring by second-year coach Nate Nelson, whose team finished 10-9. The girls went 4-15 under third-year coach Mollie Phythyon.

“We’re looking for a quick turnaround,” Elifritz said. “We hope to make an offer by (June 2).”

The Central boys team finished 6-13 under second-year coach Stefan Schroeder, and the girls were 7-11 under second-year coach Fred Stratmann.

The South boys team went 2-17 under first-year coach Michael Spatafore, and the girls were 0-18 under first-year coach Brad Shaffer.

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