Erik Ekis is looking forward to his return to the prep level.

Ekis has been named boys soccer coach at Dublin Scioto High School, pending school board approval. He replaces Chad Snider, who stepped down after compiling a 70-88-15 record in 10 seasons.

Ekis last coached at the prep level in 2005, with the Westerville Central girls team.

“I’m just excited to be back in coaching at (the) high school (level),” said Ekis, who has been a science teacher at Central since the school opened in the fall of 2003. “I’m just excited to coach and I’m honored to serve the school and community where my family resides.”

Ekis’ son, Evan, is a 2014 Scioto graduate who played for the Irish’s boys team.

In Central’s inaugural season in 2003, Ekis guided the Warhawks to the Division II state title game, where they lost to Bay Village Bay 4-0 to finish 18-4. In 2005, Central lost to Dublin Coffman 1-0 in a Division I district final.

In three seasons under Ekis, the Warhawks went 47-11-1.

Ekis previously served as girls coach at DeSales from 1997-2001, guiding the Stallions to Division II state titles in 1997 and 1998, and coached the boys team at Westerville North from 1991-94.

Ekis also served as a director of the Classics Eagles club program from 1991-2016.

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