After guiding the Westerville South High School girls basketball team to the OCC-Buckeye Division title and its first district championship this winter, Silas Williams will not return as coach next season.

Williams and athletics director Josh DeVoll met April 3 as part of the customary end-of-season meetings with all coaches. Both agreed the program should head in a different direction, according to DeVoll, leading to Williams’ resignation.

“I am saddened by this entire situation,” Williams said. “To get the news that (DeVoll) wants to go in a different direction is disheartening. This has been such a historical year. No other team in Westerville South history has accomplished what these young ladies have done. After eight years of building this program into a potential state title contender, this should be the beginning of bigger things to come.”

Williams coached the Wildcats for eight seasons. South reached a Division I regional final this year, falling to eventual state champion Pickerington Central 60-52 on March 9 at Otterbein to finish 21-6 overall.

The Wildcats went 10-0 in the OCC-Buckeye.

“Silas has done a nice job with our girls basketball program,” DeVoll said. “They have accomplished a lot under his leadership and we wish him all the best. As for next steps, we will soon conduct a thorough search process to identify a new head coach for the program.”

South reached a district final last season, losing to Dublin Coffman 65-38 to finish 15-10.

The Wildcats, who went 103-83 during Williams’ tenure, have had five consecutive winning seasons.

“Silas was an inspiration to me and many other people,” junior guard Peyton Guice said. “He was someone I trusted dearly and he will truly be missed. I looked up to him and went to him for advice if I ever needed it.”