Josh Heffernan has been named wrestling coach at Olentangy Berlin High School, pending school board approval.

Heffernan was the coach at Delaware the last 12 seasons, leading the Pacers to three league championships (2014, 2016, 2018), three Division I sectional titles (2014, 2015, 2016) and two appearances in the state team tournament (2014, 2016). Delaware shared the OCC-Cardinal Division title with Hilliard Bradley this season.

Under Heffernan, the Pacers produced 14 state qualifiers, including five who placed. All of the state qualifiers were in the last seven seasons.

“This is a big, big hire for us,” Berlin athletics director John Betz said. “Josh is probably one of the more-respected coaches, not only in our area, but around the state.

“He has built an excellent program (at Delaware) that has become a force in the area. We couldn’t be happier with having him to build our program from the ground level.”

Berlin opens in the fall.

Delaware athletics director Steve Glesenkamp called it “a big loss” for the Pacers.

“I think a lot of coach Heffernan,” Glesenkamp said. “He has a tremendous work ethic and cares about the complete student-athlete, not just what a kid does on the mats. He has developed a very strong coaching staff in the high school and middle school and he has gotten the parent and alumni base very committed to the program. He worked tremendously hard at forming a strong and vibrant youth program. He has done everything the right way. I just really value what he has done.”

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