Athletics Overview

Rugby Claims Northern California Rugby Championship

O’Dowd defeated the North Sacramento Warriors, 45-31, at St. Mary’s College in Moraga on Saturday to claim the Northern California Boys Varsity Rugby Championship, and fullback Jose Moreno ’15 was selected as player of the match by Canterbury of New Zealand – the corporate sponsor of the high school championships.

“I am really proud of my team, they have risen to every challenge that has been placed in front of them. Our opponent was previously undefeated and they also had us by about 25 pounds per man, but our boys never backed down,” Director of Rugby Ray Lehner said. “It’s a great victory for our school and the program. All things considered we are punching well above our weight class. Again it’s a tribute to the lads they are a tough bunch.” Read more…

Student-Athletes Sign National Letters of Intent

Several O’Dowd student-athletes signed National Letters of Intent before family and friends in a ceremony held in the Dominican Hall boardroom on April 15.

Those signing letters of intent included:

  • Valeria Amaya, lacrosse, Chestnut Hill College
  • Colin Burke, cross country/track, UCLA
  • Sean Burke, cross country/track, Boston College
  • Dingwane Gant-Kendricks, football, University of San Diego
  • Isaiah Thomas, basketball, Northern Arizona University
  • Sophia Natsues, soccer, Northern Arizona University

Dragons compete strong at prestigious Arcadia Invitational


O’Dowd athletes competed with some of the best track and field athletes from around the country.

Bishop O’Dowd women capture first place at Chabot Relays

A few athletes used the Chabot Relays as an opportunity to get in a few tune up races in preparation for the upcoming weekend at the Arcadia Invitational. SPRINTS In the 100m, Bishop O’Dowd athletes placed 1st, 2nd and 3rd lead by KaRa Awakoaiye who won with a new PR of 12.47. Behind her were [...]

O’Dowd distance runners compete well at Stanford Invitational


Runners set personal records in highly competitive races.

Ivan Rabb ’15 Commits to Cal

Ivan Rabb ’15 – the most highly recruited basketball player in Bishop O’Dowd High School history – has committed to Cal. He made the announcement on Monday, April 13, before heading to New York for the Jordan Brand Classic. Read more…

Cal-Hi Sports Bay Area – Leo Nierenberg

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State Championship Highlights Video – MaxPreps

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Women Win Oakland Invitational!!!

Men capture 2nd place in large field. Many new season bests and personal records set.

O’Dowd Wins Two State Championships!

The boys’ and girls’ basketball teams achieved an unprecedented milestone over the weekend, both winning state championships – the boys an Open Division title and the girls a Division III title – at Haas Pavilion in Berkeley. Each championship was significant, but for different reasons. Read more…

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Bishop O’Dowd Athletics has a long standing tradition of excellence dating back to the 1950’s with outstanding teams in the Catholic Athletic League. Basketball, baseball and track were at the early forefront.

With the inception of football and Title IX in the seventies O’Dowd athletics expanded it’s excellence. Volleyball, tennis, golf, soccer, cross country, softball and swimming all gained respect in league, section and state championships. Our swimming program was enhanced with the addition of water polo and O’Dowd was one of the first west coast high schools to offer boys and girls lacrosse.

With further expansion of freshmen teams in volleyball, soccer, girls basketball and baseball O’Dowd hopes to include all students who wish to participate. Over 700 students play interscholastic athletics. Our athletes are also a large proportion of our outstanding students.

Through dedication, hard work and a commitment of excellence Bishop O’Dowd continues to foster DRAGON PRIDE!

Mike Bowler, Director of Athletics
Carlos Arriaga, Associate Athletic Director


Physical Forms

Preparticipation Medical History & Physical Exam Forms (2 Pages)

Sports Medicine

What is an athletic trainer?

An athletic trainer is a certified professional educated on how to prevent, assess, treat and rehabilitate athletic injuries. An athletic trainer holds a bachelor’s or master’s degree from an accredited collegiate athletic training/kinesiology program. During the education, the athletic trainer must complete many hours and demonstrate the ability to perform competencies. Once the education process is completed, the athletic trainer becomes certified through a national certification exam. This exam is proctored by the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Board of Certification. An athletic trainer is an excellent resource for various aspects of athletics such as prevention of injuries, nutrition, and psychological issues. For more information about athletic trainers go to


Bishop O’Dowd has a full-time Certified Athletic Trainer on staff. Joanne Kinyon provides student-athletes with the following services: preventive taping; bracing; emergency, acute, and chronic injury assessments; injury rehabilitation; reconditioning; and nutrition advice.

Athletic Training Room  Hours: The training room is open from 11a-7p. Athletes are expected to come in for evaluations and rehabilitation work during lunch or MP periods.

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Why join Dragon Athletic Boosters?

* To create a strong parent organization supporting athletics
* To enrich the entire athletic experience for our student-athletes
* To build community through athletics
* To support coaches in teaching life lessons
* To help the Crab Feed reach new heights
* To improve BOD athletic facilities
* To be a part of the athletic legacy

Dragon Athletic Boosters Meeting Dates

7-9pm in Dominican Boardroom
Monday, September 9, 2013
Monday, October 7, 2013
Monday, November 18, 2013
Monday, January 6, 2014
Monday, February 24, 2014
Monday, March 24, 2014
Monday, May 5, 2014

Dragon Athletic Boosters Supported Facility Improvements

* Strength and Conditioning Coach (2011)

* Renovated Weight Room (2011)
* Bishop O’Dowd Live Streaming Video (2010)

* Lights for outdoor athletic facility (2009)
* New retractable basketball baskets (2008)
* New scoreboards (2008)
* Field Turf / All Weather Track (2004)
* New gym locker rooms expanded weight room (2003)
* Weight room equipment (2003)
* Baseball bleachers (2002)

Future Facility Improvement Projects

* Individual team capital request
* Future capital projects (TBD)


Weight Room Essentials

Strength & Conditioning Coach, Jay Beito tells you all the important things you need to know about safely working out in our weight room »

Coach Beito’s tips for parents on CBS site »

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