Myron Epps was ready for a greater challenge.
Specifically, the Tulare native wanted the opportunity to compete in the Central Section's toughest league.
And that's what Epps will get after being named boys basketball coach at reigning Tri-River Athletic Conference champion and Division I semifinalist Central High.
The former Tulare High and San Diego State standout player takes over the Grizzlies after going 92-31 with an East Yosemite League title and a Division III runner-up finish in four seasons at Mission Oak.
"I've always watched Central over the years," Epps said. "They definitely have a great tradition, great backing, excellent talent and obviously play in the toughest league in the Central Section.
"Getting to the TRAC definitely attracted me. One of the things we always did at Mission Oak was schedule TRAC schools. Getting to play tough schools night in and night out is exciting. I'm definitely looking forward to the challenge."
Epps replaces Tim Amundsen, who stepped down to spend more time with his family after going 47-15 in two seasons with the Grizzlies.
A Bee All-Star and Division II champion while at Tulare, Epps went on to score more than 1,000 points for San Diego State, and helped Tulare Western win a section D-II title during his three seasons there as an assistant.
"If you look at his body of work, not only as a player but as a coach, too, he's been successful everywhere he's been," Central athletic director Bryan Boel said. "He's very organized, articulate and he knows what he wants of his players at all different levels. I think we are fortunate to get a guy of his caliber."
Epps will be a full-time substitute teacher on campus. He will be assisted by a trio of fellow former area prep or college standouts in Jervis Cole (Washington High/Fresno State), Damon Jackson (College of the Sequoias/Fresno State) and John Bynum (Mt. Whitney/College of the Sequoias/Metro State).
And they will be expected to continue the success enjoyed by a program that has posted at least 20 wins in five of the past six seasons.
"We have a high set of standards here. Not just for basketball but for all our athletic teams," Boel said. "That might overwhelm some people, but not him. I think he will step in and do a fantastic job."
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