Athletics Overview

The Future Looks Bright for Tierra Robinson-Jones ’18

O’Dowd Director of Cross Country & Track Dr. Jamal Cooks says it’s very unusual for a freshman to make it to finals at the state meet. “She’s one of the top freshman 400-meter runners in the country (ranked #90 in the U.S.),” he said. Read more..

Women’s Golf begins Monday, August 17th at Metropolitan Golf Course


All young women interested in participating need to contact head coach Dominic Henri at to express your intentions to participate.

Freshmen football set to begin on Monday, August 10th at 3pm


All freshmen interested in participating in football need to contact freshmen football head coach Doug Vierra at

Men and Women Water Polo Tryout Dates Announced


Men and women water polo tryouts for all grade levels are scheduled to begin on Monday, August 17th at Holy Names University.

Women’s Tennis Set to Begin Monday, August 17th at Merritt College


Students interested in participating need to contact head coach Tom DeTurk at to express your intentions.

Informational Cross Country Meeting Set for Friday, August 21 at 3:20pm


All interested students in participating in cross country are expected to attend.

O’Dowd Volleyball Team Receives Academic Award

The Bishop O’Dowd High School volleyball team was recently honored by the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) with a 2014-15 AVCA Team Academic Award. Read more…

Sports Physicals Being Offered on Campus

Sports physicals will be offered on the O’Dowd campus, in the training room, on Saturday, Aug. 8, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. by our team physician, Dr. Moorthy from Muir Orthopedics in Walnut Creek, and Monday, Aug. 10, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., by O’Dowd parent Dr. Peggy Desler from Kaiser. Cost is $20. Schedule your physical online…

Bianca Ortiz-Pallen ’16 Named Rugby High School All-American

Bianca Ortiz-Pallen ’16 was named to the USA Rugby High School All-America Team that will be assembling Aug. 18 and training over two days at Central Washington University, in Ellensburg, Washington, before heading to Victoria, Canada, for a two match series against the British Columbia High School All Stars on Aug. 21 and 23.

A captain on the Dragons’ women’s varsity rugby team, Ortiz-Pallen is first O’Dowd women’s rugby player to be named an All-American.

“This is an amazing opportunity that I’ve been working hard for since I started playing rugby. It’s only the beginning,” Ortiz-Pallen said.

O’Dowd Director of Rugby Ray Lehner said being named an All-American “is a massive honor” and puts Ortiz-Pallen on a pathway to make the senior USA women’s team that will compete for Olympic Gold in Rio in 2016.

Added Lehner, “All of us, her coaches and teammates, are so proud of her. She trains hard and leads from the front. This honor is well deserved.”

O’Dowd at Golden West

KaRa in Long Jump at Golden West

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Travis wins the 200 heat at Golden West

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Nick and Riley run the mile at Golden West

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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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