Ogens to en­ter high school’s HOF

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EDGE­WOOD — Re­tired Kent County High School teacher and coach Frank Ogens, who led the girls soc­cer team to its only re­gion cham­pi­onship, will en­ter his high school’s ath­letic hall of fame to­mor­row.

Ogens ‘67, who now lives in Cen­tre­ville, and four other Edge­wood High School alumni will be in­ducted on Oct. 5 — Home­com­ing Day — at the school. The honorees also in­clude two for­mer staff mem­bers.

This year’s seven honorees were se­lected from among 35 nom­i­nees.

EHS’ first hall of fame class was in­ducted in 2011.

A day-long se­ries of ac­tiv­i­ties for the Class of 2018 will be­gin with a morn­ing in­duc­tion cer­e­mony. Then there will be tours of the Edge­wood High School build­ing; a lun­cheon hon­or­ing ex­ist­ing and newly in­ducted hall of fame mem­bers; in­tro­duc­tion of HOF mem­bers at the school’s fall pep rally; par­tic­i­pa­tion by the new in­ductees in the home­com­ing pa­rade; tail­gate ac­tiv­i­ties spon­sored by the alumni as­so­ci­a­tion; and in­tro­duc­tion of all hall of famers prior to that night’s home­com­ing foot­ball game against North Har­ford.

Plaques hon­or­ing the seven new in­ductees will be added to the hall of fame wall in the school’s main lobby.

The 2018 in­ductees will be in­tro­duced by stu­dent lead­ers dur­ing the morn­ing cer­e­mony to be held in the school au­di­to­rium while slide shows out­lin­ing their lives are shown on the large screen above the stage. The new hall of famers will re­ceive awards from gov­ern­ment lead­ers, the alumni as­so­ci­a­tion, school of­fi­cials and the com­mu­nity.

Frank Ogens let­tered in foot­ball, bas­ket­ball, base­ball and track at Edge­wood, and was named the best al­laround ath­lete in his class in his se­nior year. He was cap­tain and the MVP on the 1967 bas­ket­ball team, earn­ing All-Metro and all-county recog­ni­tion. The year be­fore, he helped lead the Rams to their first-ever state tour­na­ment ap­pear­ance.

This is the sec­ond hall of fame in­duc­tion for Ogens, now 69, who en­tered Washington Col­lege’s HOF in 2001. He is the only Shore­men to have earned four var­sity let­ters (soc­cer, bas­ket­ball, base­ball and track) in one aca­demic year. He was an all-star catcher in base­ball and an All-Amer­ica goalie in soc­cer, and his team­mates’ choice for cap­tain in both sports.

Ogens re­ceived the Thomas Reeder Sped­den Award for aca­demic stand­ing and achieve­ment in ath­let­ics and the Washington Col­lege Ath­letic Coun­cil Award.

Af­ter col­lege, for more than 20 years, Ogens was in cor­po­rate sales and sales man­age­ment with Lever Bros., Po­laroid and Ross Labs. Then he switched ca­reers, earned his teach­ing cer­ti­fi­ca­tion and be­came a busi­ness and pho­tog­ra­phy teacher at Kent County High School.

He spent 15 years in the class­room.

Ogens was the head coach of KCHS’ brand new girls soc­cer pro­gram in 1997. Three years later, Ogens and the Tro­jans were crowned re­gion champs and had punched their ticket to the state semi­fi­nals.

Af­ter re­tir­ing from Kent County Pub­lic Schools, he coached girls soc­cer at The Gun­ston School in Cen­tre­ville.

His peers in the Bay­side Con­fer­ence and the Eastern Shore In­de­pen­dent Ath­letic Con­fer­ence se­lected Ogens as their coach of the year.

Ogens was elected to two terms on the Cen­tre­ville Town Coun­cil and was its pres­i­dent for three years. He also was pres­i­dent of the Eastern Shore As­so­ci­a­tion of Mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties as well as Cen­tre­ville’s rep­re­sen­ta­tive on the Queen Anne’s County Coun­cil of Gov­ern­ments.

Ogens has been mar­ried for 48 years to his high school sweet­heart, Pam Oak­ley Ogens (EHS Class of 1967). The cou­ple has two grown chil­dren and two grand­chil­dren.

FRANK OGENS

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