Athletics Overview

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 named to the USA Rugby Stars and Stripes All Star Camp

Bianca Ortiz-Pallen was named to the USA Rugby Stars and Stripes All Star Camp.

This is the pathway to the High School All Americans and the Under 20 US National team.

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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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California State Track Meet Recap

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Varsity Softball Team win DIV III Championship Title breaking school record 25 wins 4 losses!

O’Dowd wins the Division III NCS Championship title with a 9 – 1 win over Tamalpais HS in the Championship game played Friday, June 5th at St. Mary’s College. They end the season breaking a school record with 25 wins and 4 losses. Read more…

KaRa Awakoaiye receives Athlete of the Month Honors by Star Playerz

KaRa Awakoaiye receives Athlete of the Month Honors

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O’Dowd Student Athletes Qualify for the CIF State Championship

Bishop O’Dowd’s track and field team will send a number of student-athletes to the CIF state championship in Clovis, California on June 3 through the 4 after their performance at the North Coast Section – “Meet of Champions” qualifying meet at Cal’s Edwards Stadium on Saturday, May 3. Read more…

Girl’s Varsity Softball team wins the WACC Championship game

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.

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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 »

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