Bill Sperlazza has stepped down after two seasons as girls basketball coach at Thomas Worthington.

“He stepped down (April 6) to pursue other opportunities,” athletics director Jen Goebbel said.

Sperlazza compiled a 20-27 record with the Cardinals.

Thomas finished 5-18 overall and 0-14 in the OCC-Cardinal Division this past season. Seeded 35th in the Division I district tournament, the Cardinals lost to 19th-seeded Dublin Jerome 42-21 in a first-round game.

Thomas went 15-9 overall and 9-5 in the OCC-Cardinal and reached the second round of the district tournament in his first season.

“In my two seasons at Thomas, I’ve created friendships and relationships with players and parents that I will treasure forever,” Sperlazza said. “I’m overwhelmed by the calls and emails from players and parents alike expressing kind words of support and understanding. I want all of our players to know that we love them, and we will always be there for them.”

The Cardinals are losing two seniors in center Hannah Scott and forward Emma Wince.

Among those expected to return are juniors Kaniya Boyer (forward), Reid Dunbar (guard) and Lauren Gerber (guard), sophomore Josie Tinnerello (guard) and freshmen Ladan Elmi (guard) and Kaleigh Palmer (guard).

Gerber was named second-team all-league and Boyer was honorable mention all-league.

Goebbel said the search for Sperlazza’s successor is underway.

“I need someone who understands that before they can do anything on the basketball court, they have to build a positive culture that holds players to a high standard of sportsmanship, character and teamwork,” she said. “First and foremost, I’m looking for someone who knows that success starts with culture.”

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