Athletics Overview

Girl’s Varsity Softball team wins the WACC Championship

The Bishop O’Dowd Girl’s Varsity Softball team takes the West Alameda County Conference (WACC) Championship game with a 5-1 win over Castro Valley High School on Thursday night at the Larry Standley field in Hayward. This is the first time in 5 years they have beaten Castro Valley and the game was an exciting competitive [...]

Swimming Academic All-Americans 

Eight senior swimmers earned recognition as National Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association (NISCA) Academic All-Americans for having maintained a minimum 3.75 cumulative grade point average while members of the varsity swim program.

Congratulations to Genevieve Cagigas, Phoebe Chung, Torrey Hart, Anna Hawkins, Sophia Hillesland, Michael Hull, Sebastian Hurtado, Chris LeBoa for this achievement.

Track Team Shines at WACC Conference Championships

non varsity 1600m

Dragons take second place team finish for both men and women.

Men and Women’s Basketball Honored at A’s Game

Student-Athletes Celebrated

The Bishop O’Dowd High School Athletic Department celebrated and honored nearly 25 student-athletes from the Class of 2015 who signed National Letters of Intent and those who have been recruited to play at the collegiate level at a ceremony held in the theater on May 11. Read more…

National Letter of Intent Signees to be Honored at MP

Men’s Golf Brings Home NCS 2nd Place Banner

Junior Jason Brown shoots 75 and placed in a seven-way playoff to advance to the North Coast Section Tournament of Champions on Monday, May 11 at Monarch Bay Golf Course in San Leandro.

Golf Team Captures WACC Championship

Jason Brown ’16 Places First

Jason Brown ’16 led the O’Dowd men’s golf team to a WACC title, taking first place in the individual scoring with 71, while teammate Tyler McDaniel ’15 took 4th place with a score of 77. As a team, the Dragons edged second place Berkeley by a score of 388-403.

The team was to participate in the NCS Division II Championship in Vallejo on Monday, May 4, against the top 15 Division II golf squads from Northern California

This season the Dragons played some of the top ranked Division I teams in Northern California, but still managed to post a 14-4 record in match play and had solid showings at various tournaments.

Last season, behind the play of then-junior Tyler McDaniel and then-sophomore Jason Brown, the Dragons were league champions and placed 5th out of 12 teams at the North Coast Section Division II Championship, missing 4th place by 5 strokes.

Men and Women’s Basketball Honored at State Capital

Men’s and women’s basketball teams at the state Capitol. They were invited and honored by Assemblyman Bonta today in front of congress.

The attached picture is with current Sacramento Mayor and former NBA star Kevin Johnson.

Boys and Girls’ State Championship Teams Honored at As Game

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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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