When Josh King replaced Randy Powell as Central High School athletic director, King's move filled one crucial position but created an opening in another.

King previously was the Warriors' head boys basketball coach, but he isn't allowed to serve as both athletic director and coach a program at the same time.

As a result, King's first hiring decision as AD went back to the future.

John Sidanycz, who has served an assistant coach at Central for the past eight seasons, was announced as the head coach Wednesday. He previously served as the program's head coach from 2000-2004.

"When I stopped being the head coach in 2004, part of the reason was that my boys were very young, and I always thought I could always be a head coach again but I really wanted to be involved in my young boys' lives, so I took some time off," Sidanycz said.

Sidanycz led Central to the postseason in his first season as head coach, including a win in the playoffs.

He'll look for a similar result in his second "first" season leading the program. However, with key players like Caleb Davis gone, he knows that will be a challenge.

"We've got some boys who are really good shooters," Sidanycz said. "We'll shoot the ball as well as we have in years. We won't be as big as we've been the past couple years, so we'll have to make some adjustments there, but we have a really good group of kids coming in.

"I'm just excited to lead at Central."

Between his history with the school, which includes playing on the 1990 state championship team, and his coaching chops, Sidanycz was an easy pick for King.

"He has been an assistant for the past eight seasons from coaching freshmen to varsity assistant," King said. "He started and has been running the Future Warriors program the last two years. He has a wealth of knowledge and experience, and is a Warrior through and through."

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