Athletics Overview

O’Dowd Players Named to All-East Bay Volleyball Team

O’Dowd volleyball players were named to the All-East Bay Volleyball team – Brianna Karsseboom (first team), Carina Brackett (second team) and Navah Evans and Charlotte Van Remortel (third team).

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Colin Burke – Runner of the Year

Colin Burke was named the East Bay Boys Cross Country Runner of the Year by Bay Area News Group. Click for the story »

His brother Sean Burke was named to the All-East Bay boys Cross Country Team (first team). Click for the story »

Jourdan Amen was named to the All-East Bay Girls Cross Country Team (first team) and Julia Cooke and Grace Taylor were named to the second team. Click for the story »

No. 1 Ben Simmons and No. 5 Ivan Rabb

Nearly two years ago when Ben Simmons made the 12-hour flight from Australia to the U.S. to enroll at Montverde Academy (Montverde, Fla.) he mentally stored the list of the top basketball players in the 2015 class to give himself a goal to aspire to.

Atop that list? Ivan Rabb, a center at Bishop O’Dowd (Oakland, Calif.).

“I wanted to see which players I needed to play against to be considered the best,” said Simmons, an LSU signee. “I love competition and I was pretty eager to matchup with those guys. Ivan was the No. 1 player; I definitely remember that.”

Now it’s Simmons who’s the marked man, holding down the No. 1 spot in the ESPN 100; Rabb checks in at No. 5. Read more…

Burke Qualifies to Foot Locker Nationals; Seniors have a Great Day in LA

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Mt. SAC, California – Cross country seniors took a trip down to SoCal for the Foot Locker West Region Championships in Walnut, CA this past Saturday, December 6th, 2014. Colin Burke highlighted the Dragons as he took 10th in the meet which qualifies him for the National Foot Locker Cross Country Championships in San Diego.

(Photo courtesy of and FLCCC)

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Photos of O’Dowd Men’s Basketball vs Archbishop Riordan

Photos courtesy of Shavon Jennings

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XC Girls 4th, Boys 10th in the State

Woodward Park, Fresno, CA – The men and women cross country teams both had strong ends to their seasons at the CIF State Championship meet at Woodward Park in Fresno on Saturday, November 29th, 2014.

The women placed 4th in Division 3, giving them their 5th best finish in O’Dowd history. The team improved dramatically from their 12th place finish last year, and achieved their season goal of being a top 5 team in the state. Read more…

Girl’s Softball Team Delivers Thanksgiving Meals

The Bishop O’Dowd Girls Softball Team teamed up again this year to deliver 10 complete Thanksgiving meals to the non-profit organization Building Futures for Women & Children.

The girls stayed after school on November 25th to sort pack and deliver turkey, pies, rolls and all the fixings.

Basketball Team Ranked No. 7 in Nation

The O’Dowd boys basketball team is ranked No. 7 in the nation following a 64-55 win over Bishop-Gorman Las Vegas last weekend. Ivan Rabb ’15 led the charge with 28 points, 20 rebounds, four blocked shots and three steals.

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O’Dowd and Riordan Co-Host Merv Booker Classic

Archbishop Riordan High School and Bishop O’Dowd High School are co-hosting the 1st annual Merv Booker Classic at Kezar Pavilion this Saturday, Dec. 6.

This special event is named in honor of coach Merv Booker, a longtime AAU, high school and collegiate coach, who passed away in the spring. Affectionately known as “Cell Phone Merv,” Booker was a longtime ambassador for the San Francisco Pro-Am League.

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Girls have Best NCS Finish in 10 years; Colin Burke is fastest in NCS

Hayward High School – Through heavy rain and cold, the men’s and women’s cross country teams both placed second at the NCS championships this past Saturday, November 22nd.

Despite having the fastest team time of the day, the boys placed second in their race earning a state birth for the third year in a row. Colin Burke (Sr) had the fastest time in the entire NCS. He is also the first NCS champion from O’Dowd since 2005. Sean Burke (Sr) continued with his strong season, finishing 3rd and making first team all NCS. Nick Downs (Jr) placed 7th, also earning second team honors.

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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


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Head Injury Instructions

Concussion Form


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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