Athletics Overview

Women’s Cross Country advances to State Championship

The Dragons placed 2nd in a competitive field with O’Dowd’s own Grace Taylor winning the race.

NCS DI Singles results – O’Dowd wins

National Letter of Intent

It’s National Letter of Intent Day! Congratulations to our student-athletes who signed today: Eleanor Daum, rowing, University of Notre Dame; Jack Ditzler, lacrosse, University of Vermont; Samantha McGrath, volleyball, San Diego State University; Leo Nierenberg, baseball, University of Washington; Otis Statum, baseball, University of Nevada, Reno.

WACCC Cross Country Championships: Taylor and Downs win Varsity Races, Varsity and JV Girls are Team Champions

Men’s and Women’s Cross Country to compete at WACC Championships

O’Dowd Alums/Former NFL Players Participate in Golden Football Ceremony

O’Dowd Alums Eric Bjornson and Langston Walker receive NFL Golden Footballs for playing in Superbowl.

Men’s Soccer Tryouts November 10th-November 13th

Women’s Soccer Tryouts November 10th-November 13th

O’Dowd Inducted into the Super Bowl High School Honor Roll

Alums and Former NFL Players to Present Wilson Golden Footballs in a Ceremony on the O’Dowd Campus

Former NFL players Eric Bjornson ’90, Tarik Glenn ’93 and Langston Walker ’97 will return to the Bishop O’Dowd High School campus on Nov. 5 to present the school with commemorative Golden Footballs produced by Wilson as part of the NFL’s nationwide kickoff to the Super Bowl 50 celebration. The presentation ceremony will begin at 1:15 p.m. Read more…

Senior Day for Varsity Women’s Tennis

VARSITY RECORD – 22-2 (OVERALL), 13-2 (WACC) Match MVP – Haili Senegal – Teaming with Sarah Craney, Haili played her trademark offensive game – with plenty of deception and wicked cutaways. The Lady Dragons celebrated Senior Day in style with a clean sweep of Foothill rival San Leandro. In the final WACC match of the [...]

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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.


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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