Bill Sperlazza has been named Thomas Worthington High School girls basketball coach.

He replaces Laurie Barr, who announced her retirement in mid-March after 10 seasons.

It will be the first head varsity coaching experience for Sperlazza, who is an assistant Columbus city attorney.

Sperlazza was an assistant varsity coach and the head j.v. coach at Hartley last season after holding the same positions at Linden-McKinley the previous two seasons.

“It’s my life’s dream to be a head varsity basketball coach, to run a program from top to bottom,” said Sperlazza, who led the Hartley j.v. team to a 14-3 record last season.

“Coach Sperlazza brings a passion and energy for girls basketball that we are very excited about,” Thomas athletics director Jen Goebbel said. “He impressed our interview committee with his focus on success through building relationships first and his commitment to instilling a comprehensive offseason lifting and conditioning program. This is an exciting new chapter for our girls basketball program.”

The Cardinals finished 11-9 overall and 9-3 in the OCC-Cardinal Division last season to share the league title with Dublin Scioto. Barr compiled a 104-110 record at Thomas with two league titles and shared league Coach of the Year honors with Scioto’s Jen Music last season.

Thomas went a combined 42-22 the past three seasons.

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