Bexley City School District has named its new athletic director to start in the fall.
At a special board of education meeting on Aug. 6, the board named Molly Feesler as athletic director. She was chosen from a field of 50 candidates. Feesler has more than 20 years of administrative, coaching and teaching experience, and boasts six state championship titles in a five-year span.
Feesler began teaching mathematics at Pickerington Local Schools in 2000. Prior to that term, she served as the assistant principal and the athletic director at St. Frances DeSales High School in Columbus. There, she saw six state championship titles in her five-year tenure as athletic director.
Feesler also holds a Master of Education degree from Ohio University and her Educational Administration Licensure from Ashland University in Columbus.
"All of the members of the selection committee had great things to say about Molly Feesler," Bexley City Schools Superintendent Mike Johnson said.
"I’ve checked with 10 of her former coaches and administrators and every one of them sings her praises, so she comes to us highly recommended," he said. "She has great relationships with the people she has worked with and they all say that she really connects with athletes."
Initially, Johnson chose 12 candidates of the 50 plus who applied. A search committee comprised of Bexley principals, coaches, athletes and community members narrowed the list to four applicants who Johnson interviewed on July 30 before selecting Feesler.
Feesler sees the position as an opportunity to impress upon students and coaches, alike. She says she took the position to "assist and lead student-athletes and coaches to reach their potential academically, socially and athletically, through education-based athletics," she said in a news release.
Feesler receives a two-year, 12-month contract and inherits a program that won the All-Sports Competition for the Ohio Division of the Mid-State League for the second year in a row, and earned the Ohio Athletic Association’s Meyer Sportsmanship Award for promoting sportsmanship, ethics and integrity.
The athletic director oversees nearly 50 coaches and volunteers and about 500 student athletes in grades seven through 12.
According to a press release from the district, athletic department secretary Sharleen Stanley, and former department staff members Carolyn Juillerat and Gene Millard will continue to assist with summer duties prior to the start of school to ensure a smooth transition into the fall sports season.