Tom Waterwash has been named girls basketball coach at Olentangy Liberty, the high school announced April 17.

A 2009 Liberty graduate, Waterwash served as an assistant coach for the Patriots the past four seasons. He previously coached the girls team at Liberty Middle School and also served as an assistant baseball coach for six seasons at the high school, including in 2018 when the Patriots won the Division I state title.

Waterwash, who played basketball at Otterbein, takes over for Sam Krafty, who stepped down after six seasons in March.

Krafty compiled a 111-42 record at Liberty. Under his guidance, the Patriots were Division I regional runners-up in the 2014-15 season and posted back-to-back district runner-up finishes in 2017-18 and 2018-19.

This past season, Liberty finished 17-8 overall and 7-3 in the OCC-Buckeye Division and reached a district semifinal before losing to Canal Winchester 48-43.

The Patriots are losing four seniors, led by senior wing player Kelly Levering, a Marietta commit who averaged 13 points and was named first-team all-league and third-team all-district.

Among the expected returnees next season are sophomore guard Trinity Ramos, who was first-team all-league; junior guard Caitlin Splain, who was second-team all-league; and sophomore post player Jordan Rich, who was honorable mention all-league.

Waterwash has been a teacher in the school district since 2014 and currently teaches social studies at Liberty High School.

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