Corinne Taylor's first order of business as the athletics director for Bexley's high school and middle school will be trying to match faces with names.

Corinne Taylor's first order of business as the athletics director for Bexley's high school and middle school will be trying to match faces with names.

"I have had a chance to meet some of the coaches in Bexley's program and I look forward to this exciting opportunity," said Taylor, who begins her new role on Wednesday, Aug. 1. "I have to get to know the coaches, the students and the programs before I know what challenges I am going to face."

Taylor's hiring was approved during a July 16 school board meeting. She replaces Molly Feesler, who spent nearly four years as athletics director and resigned to oversee athletics at Pickerington North, where she previously taught geometry and coached softball.

More than 60 people applied for the position and six candidates were interviewed by the search committee.

"(Taylor) comes highly recommended," Superintendent Michael Johnson said. "Everyone I contacted could only speak about her exceptional skills and superior performance."

Bexley has 10 varsity boys sports and 10 varsity girls sports at the high school. According to the school district, 64 percent of its middle school and high school students participate in athletics.

Taylor has served as the athletics director at Whetstone, her alma mater, since December 2011.

Before that, she held the same position at Centennial (2005-10) and Columbus East (2010-11).

She said being organized and paying attention to detail are two attributes athletics directors must possess, but added her biggest asset is the ability to listen.

"So much of what you do is based on what is going on," Taylor said. "You have to know the details and the people you have to talk with. I do more listening than anything else."

By her freshman year in college, Taylor said she knew she wanted a career in sports.

She graduated from Ohio University in 1999 with bachelor's degrees focused on marketing and the sports industry. She earned a master's in education from Ohio State in 2002.

"All the lessons you learn from sports -- teamwork, communication, character, integrity and working hard toward a goal -- apply to college and to professional life," Taylor said. "I know a lot of people, myself included, who wouldn't be where they are if it weren't for participation in athletics."