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FOOTBALL 

16

Consecutive Years in North Coast Section Playoffs

150+

Alumni In College Football

15+

Alumni in NFL

Varsity
Coaching Staff

 

Hardy Nickerson - Varsity Head Coach

  • Majett Whiteside - Assistant Head & D-Line Coach

  • Eugene Hamilton - Quarterback Coach

  • Tarik Glenn ’93 - Offensive Line Coach

  • JJ Stokes - Receiver Coach

  • Jahvid Best - Running Back Coach

  • Hardy Nickerson Jr ’12 - Linebacker Coach

  • Ray Lehner - Rugby Tackling Coach

  • Sean Bullard Sr. - Tight End Coach

  • Jelani Baines ’14 & Trent Trammell ’11 - Defensive Back Coaches

  • Henry Gozan II, Na'il Benjamin, Mark Jennings - Assistant Coaches

Junior Varsity
Coaching Staff

Al Moolick - Head Coach

 

Assistant Coaches -

Bobby Boyd

Ray Lehner

Anthony Murphy

Steve Juniphant

A History of Championships

Interscholastic high school football began at Bishop O’Dowd in 1970, nearly twenty years after the school was opened in 1951. The school played an independent schedule before joining the Catholic Athletic League (CAL) in 1971. The first few years saw little success until 1974 when the Dragons captured the program’s first title. It was another fifteen years before the Dragons captured another league championship.

With future NFL player Eric Bjornson leading the way, the Dragons completed an undefeated season in 1989 and earned the East Shore Athletic League (ESAL) title. The Dragons repeated as champions in 1990 and shared the crown with St. Mary’s in 1991. A balanced Dragons team went undefeated in 1993 to win another league title but the season ended in disappointment with a stunning last-second loss to Foothill High School in the North Coast Section (NCS) semi-finals. The Dragons returned to the NCS playoffs in 1995, beginning a current string of 16 consecutive years of playoff appearances (1995-2010), a feat shared only by De La Salle, Foothill and James Logan High School. Over these 16 years, the Dragons have captured three NCS titles (1997, 1998, 2004) and played in five NCS title games. From 1997-1999 the Dragons posted a record of 35 wins, 3 losses and 1 tie. Only De La Salle had a better record (39-0) during that three year period as the Dragon football program established itself as one of the most outstanding high school programs in Northern California.

The Dragons are proud of the ten student-athletes who have made it into the National Football League: Charles Butler (’80), Gardiner Williams (’80), Freeman Baysinger (’88), Tarik Glenn (’93), Eric Bjornson (’90), Langston Walker (’97), Kirk Morrison (2000), Gabriel Franklin (2000), Joshua Dean (2000), and Burl Toler III (2001). In addition, we are proud of the 130+ Dragons who have played at the collegiate level, most on some form of athletic scholarship.

  • 9th Grade - Discover and Explore
    When students enter O’Dowd, our counselors help them adjust to high school, begin goal setting, and become self-advocates. Students also begin the important process of resume building: recording the narrative journey of their experience which they update through all four year at O’Dowd.
  • 10th Grade - Explore and Engage
    Counselors guide students in a self-reflective process that asks: Who do I want to be? What do I want to explore? To support future planning, students attend our “Getting Ready for College'' and “College Fair” events. In addition, students learn time management and stress reduction strategies, and prepare for the PSAT.
  • 11th Grade - Engage, Research, and Plan
    As students enter their junior year, our counselors lead them through still deeper futures planning. Students in this phase start to differentiate themselves, asking: Who AM I? Who do I want to become? Throughout the year, our counselors support students to understand the college admissions process (including financial aid), begin to research colleges of interest, attend “Career Day,” and also engage in other key preparation, including taking the PSAT and creating a comprehensive high school resume.
  • 12th Grade - Plan, Apply, Choose and Celebrate
    When they reach their senior year, students work closely with their counselors to discern which next steps are right for them, which could range from traditional college to alternative pathways, including a gap year. Counselors guide students in their college applications, including advising on essays, financial aid, gathering letters of recommendation, and NCAA registration. In addition, the Counseling Department hosts a series of programs just for seniors, including a series of required College Flex Supports, our Essay Writing Workshop, Senior and Family College Night, and drop-in Flex Supports.
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