Ogens to enter high school’s HOF
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.