Athletics Overview

Women’s Tennis falls to Piedmont


VARSITY RECORD – 16-1 (OVERALL), 7-1 (WACC) Match MVP – Haley Bunkers – Haley and Samaria executed at #3 doubles – winning in 3 tough sets and coming back from 3-5 in the final set to win 3-6, 6-3, 7-5. Piedmont is always a tough matchup for O’Dowd in tennis as every year they assemble [...]

Cross Country Competes at Stanford Invitational

Battle of the Bay- Women’s Tennis remains undefeated 15-0

Rugby Teams Lend a Hand

The O’Dowd men’s and women’s rugby teams embraced a community service opportunity last week, helping set up and break down for a retreat for women who have male family members – spouses, children or other relatives – in prison. The retreat took place at Holy Redeemer Center, where the teams practice, and was sponsored by Kairos Outside Northern California. Read more…

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Ben Sparks ’87 to Head Varsity Men’s Lacrosse Team

Ben Sparks ’87 has been selected as the new varsity men’s lacrosse coach. He has served as the defensive coordinator of the team since 2013.

“O’Dowd lacrosse has a tradition of success on the field and in the classroom. I look forward to being part of our next chapter, and I think we’re ready to show what we are truly capable of. I couldn’t ask for a finer group of athletes and coaches to work with,” Sparks said.

Sparks’ involvement in lacrosse dates back to his days as an O’Dowd student. He was a member of the school’s inaugural lacrosse team, launched in 1984, and served as captain his senior year. He went on to play lacrosse at Claremont Colleges, serving as captain of the team for two years, and was twice named a Western Collegiate Lacrosse League First Team All-Star.Read more…

Women’s Tennis beats rival University High School


September 29, 2015 VARSITY RECORD – 13-0 OVERALL, 6-0 WACC MVP of match- Lauren ross- The lone Dragon Varsity freshman made her mark combining power, quickness, and court smarts to force a 6-1, 6-3 win at #4 singles. In a rematch of the 2014 NCS Playoffs and Fresno Tournament – the Dragons and Devils squared [...]

Women’s Golf comes away with win over Piedmont

September 29, 2015 The Bishop O’Dowd ladies finished with a win over Piedmont at Metropolitan Golf Links. O’Dowd scored 260 as a team with Piedmont scoring 295. O’Dowd’s Nitya Bhupatiraju ended the day with the lowest score, 44 with 35 as par for the course. Piedmont   O’Dowd   McCarty 53 Bhupatiraju 44 Brayer 56 [...]

Women’s Tennis wins with clean sweep in Freedom Tournament

2015 O'Dowd Women's Varsity Tennis

September 25th-26th, 2015 This past weekend the Women’s tennis team traveled to Fresno to compete in the Freedom Tournament. Tournament matches took place at both Freedom and Heritage High School. Athletes competed all day Friday and Saturday. O’Dowd faced local competitor Dublin high school for the first time and beat them handedly 6-1. Later in [...]

Women’s Tennis prevails again with win over Berkeley

September 24, 2015 VARSITY RECORD: 7-0 OVERALL, 6-0 WACC MATCH MVP: EMILY LECOCQ – For playing a smart match at #3 doubles resulting in a 6-1, 6-1 victory. O’Dowd Tennis rolls on with a 5-2 win over a tough Berkeley team. #1 Singles saw Jenna DeTurk overcome huge-hitting Berkeley Freshman Sasha Turchak in three sets, [...]

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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

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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.


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 »

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