Head Varsity Football Coach, Bud Rowley earns the OAA Red Coach of the Year by leading his team to a regular season record of 7-2. The OAA Red Division continues to be one of the toughest divisions in state of Michigan.
Some notable accolades for Coach Rowley -
The Adrian native was a standout athlete for the Maples before matriculating to Northern Michigan University in 1968. While under the direction of legendary coach Rollie Dotsch, Rowley earned three varsity letters. As a defensive back and punt returner, Rowley led the Wildcats in return yardage as a junior.
After receiving a degree in education in 1972, Bud continued his playing career as a semi-pro in the Flint area. He began his teaching and coaching career at Oxford in 1973. It wasn't until 1976 that then assistant coach Rowley advanced to the head coach position. Although Rowley inherited a struggling Wildcats program, it didn't get better immediately. Over the next four seasons Oxford won a total of eleven games before he was replaced by Mike Buck. Rowley coached football and wrestling for a short time at Madison Heights Bishop Foley before returning to the helm at OHS two years later where he began to establish Oxford as one of the most consistently successful programs in Michigan history. From 1982 to 2009 the Wildcats recorded 28 consecutive winning seasons – fourth most in state history.
"You've got to love the challenge the OAA Red provides, you have to be ready to get after it, scratch and claw with everything you have inside you, every single week……….we wouldn't want it any other way," Hall of Fame Oxford Head Coach - Bud Rowley, the face of Wildcat football dating back to the 1970s, said. "Everybody knows when it comes to the Red, you better bring your best effort, or you're going to get your butt handed to you. It's an environment we're passionate about and fortunate to be a part of."
"Coach Rowley is an amazing coach that always has the betterment of this players in mind. He is the best coach I have ever seen at pushing his players to get the best out of them day in and day out, both on the field and off. His care for his athletes and the student's at Oxford High School is second to none. It has been an honor to work with and learn from him over the years." -Assistant Varsity Football Coach - Dave Brown
"I'm am very lucky to have witnessed this season in only my first year at Oxford High School. The leadership from our senior class was a testament to our coaching staff, which starts with head coach Bud Rowley. Thank you for telling me every day, "It's about the kids and Oxford, the rest is just noise" - Athletic Event Coordinator - Bryan Brandeberry
"This is a well-deserved honor. Coach Rowley is about more than football, he is about producing quality young men that are prepared with the traits to help them navigate through life. He holds his players, coaches and self accountable each and every day. Additionally, Coach Rowley looks out for all the students in Oxford. It is amazing to watch him during the lunch periods as he connects with all kids. We are very fortunate to have him lead our football program." - Director of Athletics - Jordan Ackerman
For a look at Oxford Football Scores since 1950, please click the following link - OXFORD WILDCATS SCORES
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