Brad Pitman has been named girls soccer coach at Thomas Worthington High School, according to athletics director Scott Dorne.

He replaces Tim Barton, who stepped down after compiling an 83-60-23 record in nine seasons.

“I am excited and looking forward to the challenge,” said Pitman, who has years of coaching experience but will be guiding a high school program for the first time. “We lost 15 seniors last year, so we will be molding a young group. But the girls are very positive and they’re staying busy and working hard.”

Pitman works as a corrections officer for the Ohio Department of Youth Services. He also is the owner of Goal to Gold, a training facility in Dublin, where he provides group and individual coaching to club players ages 9-18 and trains recreational and club coaches.

Pitman was an assistant coach at Hilliard Darby the past three seasons and was a club coach for Ohio Premier from 2005-14 and the Upper Arlington Eagles from 2002-05.

Last season, the Cardinals went 13-5-1 overall and 3-2-1 in the OCC-Cardinal Division and reached a Division I district final before losing to Gahanna 2-0.

Scott Dempsey was recommended to replace Barton on Jan. 9, but withdrew from consideration four days later. Dempsey later was hired to coach the girls team at Watterson.

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