Matt Dunn, who guided Damien to the state Division III championship in basketball this past season, has resigned to become the new coach at St. John Bosco.
Dunn, 38, coached for 12 years at Damien. He was the No. 1 target for St. John Bosco ever since the school announced it had parted ways with former Coach Derrick Taylor. St. John Bosco's principal, Casey Yeazel, is a former Damien assistant principal.
Damien did its best to try to keep Dunn, but in the end, the chance to coach in the tough Trinity League helped lure Dunn away.
"I love Damien," he said. "It's been incredibly good to me and my family. I consider it the ultimate challenge to be able to coach in the Trinity League."
The St. John Bosco job is no easy position. Taylor won a state title two seasons ago but still didn't make everyone happy. Dunn's first major challenge will be seeing how many of the current players will remain. St. John Bosco lost Tyler Dorsey to Maranatha last season and standout Vance Jackson could be leaving, too.
Dunn hopes everyone stays, but he said, "I took the job to build a program."
Damien announced it has begun a search to replace Dunn.