Thomas Worthington High School athletics director Jen Goebbel announced Feb. 27 the hiring of three coaches.
Casey Foster has been named softball coach, Natalie Walter has been named girls volleyball coach and Rod Hopkins has been named girls golf coach.
Foster replaces Craig Anderson, who served as softball coach for just one season. Foster was an assistant for Anderson last spring when the Cardinals finished 0-18 overall and 0-12 in the OCC-Cardinal Division.
Foster also coaches at the club level with the Worthington Spirit and coached the middle school program for Kilbourne and Worthingway from 2010-12.
“I’m really excited to have Casey, because she is a 2006 alum and is committed to our youth program,” Goebbel said. “She’s starting from the ground up and we’re thrilled to have her.”
Walter replaces Emily Oren, who went 17-29 overall and 4-20 in the OCC-Cardinal in two seasons with the volleyball team.
“Natalie was a coach on staff last year and she has an unbelievable plan for the future,” Goebbel said. “She is a strong technical coach and her knowledge of the game translates into practices, which is key because there is some good talent returning to the program. The girls respect her and respond to her and she will do a phenomenal job.”
Hopkins replaces Mike Crotty, who led the girls golf team for four seasons. Last fall, the Cardinals finished 3-21 in the four-round OCC-Cardinal tournament and had only three golfers compete at sectional.
Hopkins coached the football team for three seasons, from 2014-16.
“Rod has a great relationship with kids, and with him in the building, I think he’s a great fit as the program looks to grow,” Goebbel said. “He engages well with kids and they respond to him, so maybe we can get some more girls involved in the program.”