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O’Dowd Welcomes New Leaders in Dragon Athletics


Carlos Reed, O’Dowd’s New Athletic Director 2020-2021 O’Dowd is pleased to welcome Carlos Reed as O’Dowd’s new athletic director starting in Fall 2020. After admirably leading and growing O’Dowd’s program for four decades, O’Dowd Athletic Director Mike Bowler announced this fall he would be stepping into an advisory role starting next year. With a program consistently ranked in the top 10 of 175 North Coast Section schools, and more than 700 students participating on 57 of teams in 16 sports, we embarked on a national search for an exceptional new athletic director – one who brought extensive experience leading and building an athletic program at the secondary level and who placed the highest value on equity and access, a culture of character, and the well-being of student athletes.

Reed brings a strong record as a school leader and league representative. He comes to O’Dowd from Drew School in San Francisco, where he has led and grown the athletic program for the past 18 years, with 70% of students participating in athletics, a 25% increase from when he took over the program. As Athletic Director at Drew, Reed has instituted an athlete leadership program, added a host of new sports offerings, increased participation across sports significantly, and negotiated community partnerships for athletic facilities and fields in a competitive environment.

Reed also brings significant experience as a league leader and educational practitioner. He is President of the North Coast Section Athletic Director Association, where he has served as a board member and chair for the past five years. He is currently Bay Counties League Central (BCL-Central) League Coordinator and has served as a League Representative for various sports throughout his time in the BCL. He also serves as the Board Chair and a board member for various programs and nonprofits that serve youth. He is both a Certified Athletic Administrator and Accredited Interscholastic Coach.

Principal Christopher Smart looks forward to welcoming Reed to the Dragon athletic community next fall. “Carlos understands the connection between the commitment to athletic excellence and the commitment to diversity and inclusion, student leadership development, and service learning, which are so integral to the charism of O’Dowd.”

Reed is excited to work with coaches and athletes at O’Dowd. “I look forward to helping our coaches and athletes strengthen O’Dowd’s commitment to athleticism, equity and access, well- being, and teamwork that bolsters confidence, leadership, and Dragon spirit.”


Dave Perry, O’Dowd’s New Head Varsity Football Coach We are pleased to announce that O’Dowd’s next leader of the football program will be Dave Perry. After Coach Kaufmann stepped down from coaching O’Dowd’s football team this year to focus on his ministry, we opened a search for a new Head Varsity Football coach. After interviewing a slate of remarkable candidates, Perry emerged as the consensus choice. Perry has served as Assistant Coach for O’Dowd Varsity Football for the past two years and teaches middle school physical education at Emma Willard School in Berkeley. He has held football coaching positions at Laney College, Berkeley High School, Kennedy High School in Richmond, and Concord High School. Dave looks forward to stepping into this leadership role at O’Dowd. “I have thoroughly enjoyed coaching our team at O’Dowd and look forward to working with our coaches and athletes to continue to strengthen O’Dowd’s proud football program and community.”

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