Megan Mummey, a former assistant women’s basketball coach at Urbana University, was named coach of the Thomas Worthington girls team May 14, pending school board approval.

Mummey replaces Bill Sperlazza, who resigned last month after compiling a 20-27 record over two seasons. This past winter, the Cardinals finished 5-18 overall and 0-14 in the OCC-Cardinal Division.

“I’m very excited,” Mummey said. “I’ve heard some really great things about the Worthington community in general. I’m very excited to step in and try to build the program up.”

Mummey coached Sidney for six seasons from 2011-17, totaling 95 wins, which ranks third in program history. She was named Southwest District Coach of the Year in Division I three times and Greater Western Ohio Conference-American North Coach of the Year twice.

Mummey then served as an assistant coach at Wittenberg for two seasons (2017-19) before spending this past winter at Urbana, which announced April 21 that it will be closing its doors permanently at the conclusion of the spring semester.

Mummey, who played basketball at Urbana, also served as the school’s women’s golf coach this past year.

“I think I bring a lot of experience, especially on the basketball side with the X’s and O’s, and then from my experience in college, I feel I have the background and the foundation to help the players grow,” she said.

Mummey’s coaching experience stood out to athletics director Jen Goebbel.

“I am so excited about the experience coach Mummey brings to our girls basketball program,” Goebbel said in a statement. “She will be able to hit the ground running with our basketball program and our players will immediately benefit from her recruiting expertise and network of Ohio basketball coaches.”

The Cardinals are losing two seniors in forwards Hannah Scott and Emma Wine. Among the expected returnees are junior guards Reid Dunbar and Lauren Gerber, junior forwards Kaniya Boyer and Abby Taylor, sophomore guard Josie Tinnerello and freshmen guards Ladan Elmi and Kaleigh Palmer.

“I was told I have a strong junior class returning as seniors this year and will look for leadership from them,” Mummey said.

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