When New Albany High School began looking for a new boys lacrosse coach, Danny Gibson did not immediately consider taking the job.

But after four seasons at Pickerington North, Gibson feels he is ready for a new challenge and to take the Eagles to the next level.

Gibson recently was named New Albany’s coach, succeeding Chris Brown.

“I am under the impression from those that I’ve spoken to already that they are ready to elevate the program and break into (being among) the top five (Division I) schools in central Ohio each year,” said Gibson, who was 34-37-1 at North. “I started coaching in Pickerington and everything I’ve known about coaching in Ohio has been because of Pickerington. … That being said, I’m eager to meet and engage in a new community, a new group of student-athletes and a new district to be able to forge similar bonds while continuing to do what I love.”

This past season, New Albany went 13-7 overall and 5-2 in the OCC-Buckeye Division, losing to Hilliard Davidson 8-6 in a Division I, Region 3 quarterfinal.

North went 8-11 overall and 4-3 in the OCC-Central, losing to Dublin Coffman 17-4 in a Region 3 quarterfinal.

Brown resigned in May after six seasons as the Eagles’ head coach and 12 in the program. Brown, who was an assistant for the Eagles from 2009-12 after coaching New Albany Middle School’s team from 2006-08, went 78-43 as head coach with league championships in 2012 and 2015.

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