The Westerville South High School girls basketball team will have its fourth coach in three seasons following the resignation of Erick Herzberg on April 4.
Herzberg led the team for one season, guiding the Wildcats to their second consecutive Division I district title and second OCC-Buckeye Division championship in a row.
South finished 19-6 overall and 10-0 in the league, losing to Pickerington Central 71-44 in a regional semifinal.
“There’s a negative element there that I didn’t want to be associated with anymore,” Herzberg said. “I felt it was best to move on and roll the dice that I’d get picked up somewhere else.”
Herzberg said it was a pleasure to work with the players, and he expects them to continue their success.
“The girls were great,” he said. “(Athletics director) Josh (DeVoll) was great to work with. The principal (Mike Hinze) was great to work with. The trainers are top-notch. There are so many wonderful people there — the announcers, most of the parents and the players. The girls will be one of the more talented groups in central Ohio next year and I wish them the best.”
Herzberg replaced Tomeka Brown-Whitehead, who was approved by the school board last June but stepped down Sept. 10 because of personal reasons, according to DeVoll.
“Given the circumstances, he did a nice job,” DeVoll said. “They accomplished a lot in the single season he was here. I wish him the best of luck and he’ll land on his feet somewhere.”
Herzberg previously coached at Lakewood and Linden-McKinley.
Brown-Whitehead was hired to replace Silas Williams, who now coaches Pickerington North. Williams led South for eight years, finishing with five consecutive winning seasons and a 103-83 record.
The Wildcats reached a regional final under Williams in 2017-18, falling to eventual state champion Central 60-52 to finish 21-6 overall. They also won the OCC-Buckeye at 10-0.
DeVoll said the search has begun for Herzberg’s replacement.
“Our administrative team has put together a detailed plan to identify our next girls basketball coach,” DeVoll said. “We will be following that plan to a T and making sure we get the best possible coach we can for our girls team.”