Molly Feesler to succeed Jen Goebbel as Thomas Worthington athletics director
Molly Feesler is eager to tackle her new role as Thomas Worthington athletics director.
Feesler, who has worked at Pickerington North since 2012 and accepted the Thomas position April 23, was approved by the school board May 10 in a 5-0 vote. She will succeed Jen Goebbel, who has held the position since 2017 and will return to teaching in the fall.
Feesler said the Thomas job offers new challenges that she found attractive, particularly with the ongoing work to upgrade the district’s facilities.
“They are embarking on a facility improvement plan right now that is in motion,” she said. “They have had issues with their swimming pool, indoor and outdoor, and there will be some facility changes and upgrades. That is attractive to me ... as a different challenge.
“The hardest work is to walk away from the kids, community and coaching staff (at North). Maybe it was time to make a break and try something new.”
Feesler begins her new job Aug. 1. Her last day at North is July 31.
“I am excited to welcome her to Worthington,” said Sam Shim, a member of the school board. “Our athletic-director position is more challenging than many other districts due to the wide breadth of our sports. We have sports such as water polo that are not common. She brings a wealth of experience and we are very fortunate to have her join our team.”
Feesler has been with Pickerington schools in various capacities for all but four years since 2000, when she came to then-Pickerington High School to begin teaching and coaching after serving as assistant principal and athletics director at DeSales.
She led Pickerington’s softball team from 2001-03 and was the softball coach at North during the first four years of the program from 2004-07.
Feesler then left to become Bexley’s athletics director from 2008-12 before returning to North as athletics director.
“We feel like she’s going to be versatile, we feel like she’s going to be a great listener, we feel like she’ll be a problem solver and she’s not a stranger to walking into tough situations and coming out with the best possible outcome,” Thomas principal Pete Scully said. “We felt like she’d be really skilled at walking difficult paths, and we’re excited about that.”
Goebbel said she was grateful for the time she’s spent as athletics director and is excited to get back to teaching American government and world history.
“I have loved working with our incredible coaches and highlighting the successes of our phenomenal student-athletes,” she said. “We really have an amazing group of boosters and parent volunteers. I can't imagine going through the last year without the support of Jeff Todd at Worthington Kilbourne and the other 30 athletic directors in the OCC. I am just so excited to get back in the classroom to work with students every day.”
Feesler said she was approached about coming to Thomas in 2017 but decided to stay at North.
“I felt like I had unfinished business at Pickerington at that time. … The timing for me wasn’t right then. The difference four years makes is the timing is right for me now,” she said. “I’m somebody who doesn’t sit still very well. I’m always trying to make things a little bit better here or there, whether as a classroom teacher or as an athletics director or as a regular person. I think I’ve reached the end of what I can do to make it better at Pickerington.”