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Leadership in Athletics - Oconomowoc High School 

The 2014-15 athletic year witnessed many new events, success in multiple venues and growth in our goal setting and leadership skills at OHS. 64 coaches in 19 sports along with 4 competitive club sports and one fulltime trainer helped approximately 674 student/athletes navigate through the fall, winter and spring sports seasons. 

The Oconomowoc Area School District’s Athletic purpose is to:

  • Enhance academic experience
  • Instill sportsmanship and respect
  • Build strong character
  • Promote physical, mental and spiritual fitness
  • Develop competitive individual achievement that fosters team success
  • Strengthen school and community pride

Everyone involved with OHS Athletics, from coaches and players to parents and community members are expected to support the Athletic purpose while maintaining the perspective that sports are a part of life and not life itself.

Beginning in 2004, a plan was developed to further enhance the OASD Athletic programs. The plan was developed in 5 years segments. This report represents the beginning of the third segment:

  • Began a concentrated effort to focus on the 7th to 10th players on the team. To win championships a program must have multiple level athletes show each day to grow and push teammates around them. Depth in a program is key to successful longevity.
  • Learning to use our new facility was more of a challenge than anticipated. Next year will bring a schedule for ALL facilities. The positive impact the turf has had on spring sports is amazing. More so than we planned for. Next year there will be a coach generated plan.
  • OHS Athletics will begin their final push to finish or add to the new facility, which includes batting cages for both softball and baseball, softball dug-out updates to a varsity level, bull pens for baseball field, improvements to the watering system on the West fields and turf management on all fields.
  • Revisit our need for consistent direction for training all athletes. This includes a $20,000 PDC update.
  • Lastly, OASD entered into a partnership with an apparel company to help us market and brand our school. I believe this is an exciting and needed move on behalf of the District. Much work has been done and more will be coming.

Throughout this process, we have seen some change in our athletic culture. Students want to participate. We realize success comes with larger numbers and the development of the non-starter. Because of the added pressure of non-starter success, our programs have seen the top athletes strive to a higher level. OHS has seen many more athletes continuing on to state competitions and college sports. Below are a few statistics that would support the PROGRAM success:

 

2010

2015

Participation rate

470

674 (1038 total)

All Conference selections

71

137

D1 Scholarship athletes (15 in 3 years)

0

5

Conference Championships (16 in 3 years)

2

2

These are the accomplishments achieved in 2014-15 by very talented athletes with the help and guidance from their coaches and parents:

Team/Individual Success
  • State qualifiers
    • Cross Country – 2 state qualifiers
    • Boys/Girls Track -  14 qualifiers: 800 meter run, 400 meter dash, 4X400 meter relay, 4X800 meter relay
    • Girls Tennis – 1 Singles
    • Boy’s Tennis – 1 singles
    • Girls Swim – 200 yd freestyle
    • Wrestling – 1 qualifier
    • Sailing – Team State Championship (second year in a row)
    • State Champion – Trap Shooting
    • Baseball – Final 4 finish, losing in the semi-finals
    • Cross Country, Softball, Boys Golf – Programs to be awarded State All-Academic honors
    • Conference Championships
      • Wrestling
      • Boy’s Tennis
      • 137 selections for WLT All-Conference honors
      • Two Wisconsin Little Ten Conference Player of the Year selections
      • National level competitors in Sailing and Downhill Ski Racing
      • Seven 1st team all-state athletes – More All-region team selections
      • Five D1/D2 scholarship athletes (15 in three years)
      • Individual state champs In Trap Shooting
2014-15 Program Accomplishments
  • WLT All-Sport Champs, best athletic program in the conference 4 years in a row (first time a program has won 4 straight in the History of this WLT award)
  • Top 3 finish in all-sport award 8 out of the last 10 years
  • Hosted 13 WIAA regionals, sectionals or WLT  conference championships
  • Dramatically increased the number of Oconomowoc youth participation in camps, clinics and leagues
  • Broke 6+ school records in various sports (40 – 45 records in the last six years)
  • 22 WLT Scholar athletes (Varsity letter earned while maintaining a top 10 % academic ranking)
  • 238 Scholar Athlete recipients (Most in school history)

Athletic Boosters 

Since 1972, the Oconomowoc Sports Booster Club (OSBC) has raised funds for all sports through program book advertising, an annual golf outing, gold card sales, game day concessions, game ball raffles, spirit sale and button sales.

“Booster Club is fantastic and promotes all sports.” —OASD parent 

 

 

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