With school board approval Sept. 24, Erick Herzberg was hired as Westerville South High School girls basketball coach.

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

Herzberg coached at Lakewood last winter and was at Linden-McKinley the previous two years, earning City League Coach of the Year honors in 2016.

“Erick has an extensive knowledge and understanding of the game of basketball,” DeVoll said. “He has been an instrumental part of the success at both Linden-McKinley and Lakewood. We couldn’t be more excited to find a person like Erick this close to the season. Erick possesses a variety of skills, as an educator and coach, that will help advance our girls basketball program.”

Herzberg teaches modern world history, psychology/sociology and American history and government at Mifflin.

Brown-Whitehead was hired to replace Silas Williams. He guided the Wildcats for eight years, 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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