Columbus School for Girls
Hires at school eager to impact
Columbus School for Girls athletics underwent extensive changes in July as Megan Henry was hired as director of athletics and physical education, Caren Truske was hired as basketball coach and Marscilla Packer was hired as assistant basketball coach and assistant director of athletics.
Those three help replace former director of athletics and basketball coach Lindsey Smith, who stepped down after one school year at CSG to become Wellington's athletics director.
"We are very excited about adding these quality people to our staff," head of school Liza Lee said. "What made Megan an attractive candidate for this position was her previous experience. She had an astonishing career in college as an administrator and basketball coach. Her resume is just outstanding, and once we met her, everybody loved her personality and professionalism instantly, and it was obvious she was the right person for the job."
Henry played basketball, soccer and softball at Upper Arlington, graduating in 1982. She then played two seasons of basketball at Florida Southern and two more seasons at Marietta, where she earned a bachelor's of physical education in 1986.
Henry served as a graduate assistant coach for the Eastern Kentucky women's basketball team while earning a master's of science in physical education and athletics administration in 1987.
From 1987-89, Henry was an assistant basketball coach at Florida Southern, before serving as an assistant coach at South Florida from 1989-91.
She then was the head basketball coach and an assistant athletics director at Worchester Polytechnic Institute from 1991-94 before holding those same titles at West Florida from 1994-99.
From 2000-04, Henry was the basketball coach and a professor of physical education at Mount Holyoke, before returning to Columbus to start a family.
As she raised her 8-year-old daughter, Cami, and 6-year-old son, Jack, Henry worked in real estate and spent one season as a varsity assistant coach at Upper Arlington and two seasons as a varsity assistant coach at Columbus Academy.
During the 2012-13 school year, she worked as a physical education teacher at Whitehall Preparatory and Fitness Academy.
"This is a dream job for me and I feel like I'm a perfect fit for this job (at CSG)," Henry said. "My No. 1 goal is to raise the awareness of the importance of athletics within our school and to raise the awareness of the excellent coaching staff we have across the board in all sports. "
Henry's first major move was to hire Truske and Packer to lead the basketball program.
Last season, the Unicorns finished 4-19 overall and 0-8 in the CCL.
"We want to build our basketball program, and bringing in these kind of coaches shows that we're serious about turning things around here," Henry said.
Truske has an extensive coaching background in basketball, which began with a stint as coach of East Lee Junior High in Sanford, N.C., during the 1983-84 school year.
From 1984-86, Truske was an assistant at Northern Illinois, and she worked as an assistant at Notre Dame in 1986-87. She was an assistant at Minnesota from 1987-90 before becoming head coach at Stetson from 1990-93, and then was an assistant at Syracuse in 1993-94.
Truske has taught physical science at Marion-Franklin since 2003.
"Caren Truske is a former college coach with incredible coaching experience," Henry said. "She is a ball of energy, positivity and enthusiasm. But the first and foremost reason we brought her in was her ability to teach fundamentals."
Packer was a local high school basketball standout who graduated from Pickerington North in 2004 and then helped Ohio State win four Big Ten titles. She played professionally in Europe and has coached at Pickerington North and with Ohio Youth Basketball.
"She was a star player in high school and was also a star at Ohio State," Henry said. "She brings an enthusiasm and passion to the job that will make us better."