Ben Patrick is known for utilizing an up-tempo, fast-break offense and a fast-paced pressure defense while coaching high school boys basketball teams.
After he recently was hired to coach the Columbus School for Girls basketball team, athletics director Megan Henry said she was looking forward to watching the Unicorns play that style in the near future.
"We are very excited to hire Ben as our new basketball coach at CSG," Henry said. "He will bring a renewed enthusiasm and excitement to CSG with his up-tempo style of play and his emphasis on pressure defense. He brings head coaching experience from several quality programs."
Patrick will be the Unicorns' fourth coach in four seasons. CSG finished 5-18 overall and 0-8 in the CCL last season under Caren Truske after going 4-19 overall and 0-8 in the CCL under Lindsey Smith the previous season.
The Unicorns went 1-20 overall and 0-8 in the CCL under Stephanie Jones in 2011-12.
"I think this program is a sleeping giant and I'm excited about having the opportunity to coach these girls," Patrick said. "CSG has great facilities, great kids and supportive families. They just need some commitment and consistency within the program. We plan to win immediately, but I also understand that you don't build a strong program overnight. It's going to take some time and I plan on being here to see it through."
Patrick played four seasons of basketball at Tree of Life before graduating in 1989.
After serving as an assistant boys coach at his alma mater during the 1989-90 season, he coached middle school and junior high boys squads before serving as coach at Delaware Christian during the 1997-98 season.
He then was coach at Marion Catholic for two seasons before moving to Chicago and taking a break from coaching.
Patrick, who compiled a 43-27 record at Delaware Christian and Marion Catholic, spent the past two seasons coaching the Northridge boys team. The Vikings went 7-16 each of those years.
"I like to have a pressure, trapping defense and an up-tempo style of offense and I'm excited to bring that style to the girls game," he said. "I think the girls will enjoy it because it can be fun to force a lot of turnovers and put up 80 points in a game.
"You've got to have a deep bench when you play this style of basketball, so I'm hoping we can get a lot of girls interested in playing basketball at CSG. I'm excited to get started. I wish it was already October."
Lacrosse team out to 2-3 start
The lacrosse team won two of its first three games, beating Pickerington North 14-13 on April 1 and Hartley 13-10 in a Central Independent League contest April 10.
Against North, Sophia Sugar scored seven goals, Erin Balasky and Kaitlyn Yale each scored two and Gennie Faber had five saves.
Against Hartley, Balasky and Sugar each scored five goals, Sam Ziegler scored two, Molly Bokor scored one and Faber had four saves.
CSG went 0-2 in the Hannigan-Galipault Tournament on April 12 at Thomas Worthington to drop to 2-3 overall.
The Unicorns, who are 1-1 in the CIL, play host to Wellington on Thursday, April 17, in a league contest. CSG defeated the Jaguars 17-8 last year.
"The team is looking sharp and will work to improve (and refine) areas of focus to prepare for our upcoming league game against Wellington this week," coach Brittney Zerhusen said.
Track team opens season
The track and field team opened April 8 by scoring 163 points to defeat Jonathan Alder (133), Worthington Christian (78), Columbus International (50) and Gahanna Christian (14).