With practice set to begin Oct. 26, the Westerville South High School girls basketball team again is in need of a new coach.

Tomeka Brown-Whitehead, who was approved by the school board in June to replace Silas Williams, stepped down Sept. 10 because of personal reasons, according to athletics director Josh DeVoll.

DeVoll said he would post the position immediately.

“Our goal is to have a qualified coach in place before official practices start at the end of October,” DeVoll said. “Despite this unanticipated setback, I know that our girls will still have a great experience and a great season this year.”

DeVoll said Jermaine Guice would lead open gyms during the coaching search. Guice is an assistant in the boys program and his daughter, Peyton, will be a senior on the girls team.

Brown-Whitehead played at Ohio State from 1998-2002 and was selected by the Orlando Miracle with the 55th pick in 2002 WNBA draft.

She previously coached at Marion-Franklin, Harvest Prep and Africentric. She also served as director of basketball operations for the University of Cincinnati women’s team for two seasons and was an assistant coach at Morehead State for one season.

Williams guided the Wildcats for eight seasons, finishing with five consecutive winning seasons and a 103-83 record.

South reached a Division I regional final last season, falling to eventual state champion Pickerington Central 60-52 to finish 21-6 overall. The Wildcats also won the OCC-Buckeye Division at 10-0.

Williams was named coach at Pickerington North in May after the retirement of Dave Butcher, who is the second-winningest coach in state history. Butcher compiled a 747-146 record in 35 seasons.

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