Former Live Oak and Zachary High coach Brian Hargroder was hired as the new boys basketball coach at Central High.

Hargroder spent nine years as coach at Live Oak and one at Zachary. He succeeds Ron Lewis, who resigned nearly two weeks ago to become an assistant coach at Zachary.

“The truth is, we’ve got about six or seven people on staff who’ve all had experience as a head basketball coach,” Central Athletic Director Sid Edwards said. “There was no shortage of qualified candidates on our campus. The thing that set Hargroder apart is that experience … the fact that he’s already coached 10 years in the district.”

Hargroder spent the 2014-15 school year as an assistant football coach on the Central High staff after coaching at Zachary in 2013-14. Hargroder previously coached with Edwards at Redemptorist. He was an assistant coach to Edwards in 2002-03 when the Wolves won the 3A state title.

Lewis spent eight years at Central and was the Wildcats’ head coach for six seasons. He is now an assistant boys basketball coach and a ninth-grade football coach at Zachary.

The former Catholic High basketball and track athlete led the Wildcats to four playoff appearances. Central was 14-9 in 2014-15, just missing the Class 5A playoffs. Lewis’ best season was 2010-11, when the Wildcats finished 22-5.

“I’m excited about being back in basketball again,” Hargroder said. “I really missed it. I know the district and how tough it is. I think Ron did a good job. I look forward to building on the foundation he started.”