Coach Profile: BS South's Greg Oder 5/5
By Dion Clisso PrepsKC Managing Editor
Blue Springs South has been one of the top programs in the Metro since it opened its doors in 1992. A cornerstone of that program from the time it began until today is Head Coach Greg Oder.
Oder began as an assistant coach with the Jaguars in 1992 after spending three years as head coach at Plattsburg. Oder was the defensive coordinator under first Dave Ross and then Buddy Young. As an assistant he helped lead the Jaguars to the playoffs three times in their first four years including a run to the Class 5A state championship game in 1995.
From the time Oder began South’s identity was as a tough defensive team. Over the years the offense has been dynamic but the constant has been defense.
The basis of that great defense and the strong play of the overall team has been a philosophy of hard work.
“Our goal is to out-work and out-prepare everyone we play,” Oder said. “We will not be as talented as every opponent on our schedule, but by attempting to do these two things, we can still have a chance against every opponent.”
When Oder took over as the head coach the winning tradition began under Ross and Young continued. The Jaguars would turn in five straight winning seasons but had a hard time getting through the toughest district in the state. South found itself behind rival Blue Springs and teams such as Liberty, Oak Park and Rockhurst.
Then in 2006 it all came together. The Jaguars would sweep through the regular season keeping Rockhurst from the Class 6 playoffs, beat Blue Springs 28-24 in the quarterfinals and then destroy Jefferson City in the semifinals and Christian Brothers College in the state title game. At the end of the season South was 13-0 and state champions.
“There are a lot of great moments in coaching,” Oder said. “But I guess if I had to pick just one, it would be hard to top winning a state championship.”
Oder has been in the coaching and teaching business for more than 20 years. Over that time his work has been influenced by many people. His high school coach Duane Schnelle along with Young and Ross were key parts of his development. Oder said he is still learning from every coach he works with today.
“I’ve been at Blue Springs South for, going on 20 years, and I’ve learned something from everyone that has coached here,” Oder said. “(South offensive coordinator) Kelly Groom and I have been together, going on 15 years, and I’ve learned a ton from him also.”
In his time he has amassed an impressive 72-25 record at South and 99-33 overall in 12 years of coaching.
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