Erick Herzberg will be introduced as DeSales High School’s new girls basketball coach May 15, according to athletics director Tom Neubert.

Herzberg coached Westerville South to its second consecutive Division I district championship and second OCC-Buckeye title in a row in his only season with the program, but resigned April 4 for personal reasons.

“I felt it was best to move on and roll the dice that I’d get picked up somewhere else,” he said at the time.

DeSales ended up being a perfect match as the Stallions were looking for a new coach. Brian Cromwell went 119-94 overall and 37-30 in the CCL in nine seasons but was not brought back after the team went 6-17 overall and 1-6 in the league this past season.

Herzberg went 26-19 at Linden-McKinley from 2015-17, winning 15 games in his first season after the Panthers had won seven games the previous two years combined, and 12-13 in one season at Lakewood before going to South last September. The Wildcats went 19-6 overall and 10-0 in the OCC-Buckeye Division, losing to eventual state runner-up Pickerington Central 71-44 in a regional semifinal.

“His amount of coaching experience, first and foremost, made him a great candidate and so did the fact that he talked a lot about building a culture,” Neubert said. “He graduated from St. Charles, so he knows the CCL. All of those things combined went in his favor. He’s going to put a big emphasis on building numbers, getting more girls into the program.”

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