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Welcome to the Hall, Tim Ottmann

Contributed by Brad Cooley, DCSD Student

PARKER- Ponderosa High School (PHS) is well known for its athletics programs. Producing athletes such as Trent Gamble and Will Ohman, PHS has had no shortage of athletic talent roaming the halls.

Ponderosa has also exhibited a very successful wrestling program. Since 1997, the wrestling program has won ten 5A state titles, 111 league championships, and 22 state championships. The wrestling team is also167-0 in conference duals.

Much of this success can be attributed to Ponderosa’s former wrestling coach and current Athletic Director, Tim Ottmann.

Ottmann has served as Athletic Director for PHS since 1994. This past month, the Colorado High School Coaches Association (CHSCA) acknowledged Ottmann’s triumph in the athletic world with an induction into the CHSCA Hall of Fame. Ottmann is one of just five coaches to receive the honor this year.

Getting inducted was no surprise for many, except Ottmann himself.

“It’s a very nice honor from the standpoint of having the respect from your colleagues,” Ottmann said. “Since the award recognizes coaches of all sports, it’s a neat thing to be recognized for.”

Even though Ponderosa is a bit smaller in size than other DCSD high schools, the school has won more state championships than any other DCSD high school during his reign.

“We feel very good about being able to compete in the Continental league, and being able to hold our own even though we’re only about 1,250 kids,” he said. “We take a lot of pride in that, and we work hard to be able to compete at that level.”

While Ottmann’s record would seem to make him an obvious candidate for the CHSCA Hall of Fame, the nomination process is actually quite competitive and requires recommendations from coaches and athletic directors at other schools who can attest to the nominee’s work. A board of directors selects the finalists, and the coaching community makes the final vote for the hall of famers.

Ultimately, Ottmann wants to make sure that folks know this award is about community.

“This is a shared thing,” he said. “It’s about a lot of people who began this thing, and have worked hard over the years. I’m the one getting the award, but it’s a credit to all those that I’ve worked with. It’s all the work that nobody sees, that preparation that the kids do and coaches do to make sure we stay successful.”

Ottmann will be inducted on April 2 at the Radisson Hotel in Aurora. A reception to meet the inductees starts at 5:30 PM, followed by the awards dinner at 6:30 PM.

January 21, 2016 | By CSilberman | Category: Athletics and Activities, District

District News

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DOUGLAS COUNTY – Graduation rates in the Douglas County School District (DCSD) continue to climb. Data released today by the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) shows the on-time, four-year graduation rate is now 90.4 percent.

DCSD students also made an impressive showing at graduation. The class of 2017 earned more than $82 million in scholarships.

DCSD has one of the highest graduation rates in the Denver metro area. According to CDE, DCSD graduation rates have risen steadily from 81.9 percent in 2009 to 90.4 percent in 2017.

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The top two-percent of female athletes in Douglas County School District (DCSD) were honored at the annual Girls and Women in Sports Luncheon last week at Chaparral High School. This year represented the 30th national celebration of Girls and Women in Sports Day, created to encourage and promote the participation of girls in athletics. The girls who were honored were selected by their school’s coaches, athletic directors and principals for their outstanding achievements.

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Working through the recent winter break, the Douglas County School District Board of Education has kicked off its search for DCSD’s next permanent superintendent. Following a thorough vetting of potential search firms, Ray & Associates (no relation to Board Director David Ray) has been hired to conduct the national search. The cost of the firm, excluding travel expenses, is $40,000. The money will come from the school board's budget, which is used for costs such as legal expenses and conferences.