The Oberlin Review

Cornerbacks Coach and Director of Football Operations Alex Hanna

Zoë Martin del Campo, Sports Editor

September 11, 2020

Coach Alex Hanna did not have a traditional path to her coaching career. Before coming to Oberlin, she worked for the Cleveland Browns in various capacities and assisted with organizing 20 youth football camps and clinics. She also coached high schoolers at Mentor High School, where her players received offers from some of the top football programs in the nation. She has been outspoken about the treatment of female coaches and recently wrote a piece on TheUnsealed.com titled “This Is What I Hope You Learn From A Female Football Coach,” where she discusses her experiences navigating a male-dominated field. In addition to her work as an Oberlin College football coach, she is also a resident liaison in Baldwin Cott...

College students are required to wear masks while working out in Philips gym.

Students Adjust to Changes at Philips Gym

September 11, 2020

To operate during the COVID-19 pandemic, Philips, like most gyms, has instituted significant changes. Individuals and teams alike have had to adjust their habits to meet the new restrictions.  Philips opened on Aug. 17, debuting the precautions taken by the College. The gym has canceled its community membership program, which means access is restricted to Oberlin College students and personnel. Other notable changes include — but are not limited to — reduced hours of operation, lowered max...

Football games will no longer be held at the Dick Bailey Field following the suspension of fall athletic competitions.

Athletics Community Reacts to the Cancellation of Fall Sports

September 4, 2020

Without competitions to prepare for, coaches have had to adjust their plans for this season. Oberlin College came to the difficult decision to cancel all fall athletics on June 22, 2020 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. A month later, the North Coast Athletic Conference overall announced that they would make the same decision.  After seeing the previous spring season meet the same fate, fall athletes are now living through the same shock and pain their peers experienced months prior.  Del...

College second-year and baseball player Nick Rosa-Palermo leads a yoga session. Photo Courtesy of Nick Rosa Palermo

Off-Campus Athletes Stay Connected During COVID-19

September 4, 2020

With the sudden cancelation of the 2020 spring season, followed by the cancelation of fall sports, the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on Oberlin Athletics has been staggering. Most third-year athletes are off-campus this semester, making it difficult for teams to try and stay connected during the pandemic. However, Oberlin coaches and athletes alike are taking the adversity in stride and coming up with unique and creative solutions to maintain their community. Oberlin football’s coaching s...

Head Football Coach Steve Opgenorth.

Football Welcomes New Head Coach

February 28, 2020

When newly hired Head Football Coach Steve Opgenorth enters the room, his energy and approachability jump out. On his desk is a copy of The Football Coaching Bible by the American Football Coaches Association, and various accolades hang from his wall. “Trust the process,” is one of the many catchphrases Opgenorth employs when discussing his love of the game. Before Oberlin, Opgenorth spent five seasons at Baldwin Wallace University, serving as associate head coach, offensive coordinator, and...

The Oberlin College varsity football team.

Current and Former Football Players Express Concern About Team Culture

February 21, 2020

 Founded in 1891, Oberlin’s football team has provided a community to both athletes and spectators, alike, for generations. Despite this history, the team has seen significant turnover over the past few years; this past season alone, seven players left the team. This upcoming season, the team will have seven rising fourth-years on a 29-person roster. In previous seasons, this number was higher; in 2017, the roster included 16 fourth-years.  At the end of the past season, Head Football Coach Jay Anderson announced that he was st...

Inspired By Myles Garrett, Athletes Join Aggression Debate

Khalid McCalla, Contributing Sports Editor

December 6, 2019

Over the course of the last month, several high profile sports leagues and the NCAA have seen suspensions handed out due to fighting. In the NBA, the Philadelphia 76ers’ Joel Embiid and Minnesota Timberwolves’ Karl- Anthony Towns got into a fistfight during a game in October, leading to both players missing key time. This past Saturday, University of Georgia wide receiver, George Pickens, was ejected after fighting Georgia Tech defensive back Tre Swilling. These incidents bookended an all-out brawl that occurred between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Cleveland Browns on Nov. 14, which culminated in Browns defensive end Myles Garrett hitting Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph in the head with Rudolph...

College fourth-year Zach Taylor stands beside College first-year Chris Allen Jr.

Football Quarterback Looks to Pass the Torch

November 8, 2019

The Oberlin College football team suffered through one of its worst seasons in recent memory in 2016, going 0–10. However, for followers of the Yeomen, there was a bright spot. Then first-year quarterback Zach Taylor was able to excite fans with his dynamic play, accounting for 2,284 total yards and 16 total touchdowns. This impressive season would be the beginning of one of the most accomplished individual careers in Oberlin history. Unfortunately, now in his fourth year, Taylor has been p...

President Carmen Twillie Ambar on the field at halftime of the Homecoming football game.

Oberlin Celebrates Homecoming Weekend

October 11, 2019

The campus seemed to be abuzz with energy from students and non-students alike when Homecoming Weekend approached. Homecoming Weekend is always a time for members of the Oberlin College and community to come together. Whether it is families coming to Oberlin to watch their student-athlete perform on the field or alumni visiting old friends, there is always something that draws people to Oberlin’s campus. The festivities began Friday with the Heisman Club’s annual Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony...

All Talk: Varsity Athletes Go In On Trash Talk

Khalid McCalla, Contributing Sports Editor

October 11, 2019

College athletics are highly competitive and every athlete is unique in how they respond to and handle the tense moments that arise during competition. One method is a favorite among many: trash talk. While from the outside, players who trash-talk may appear to be letting the moment overwhelm them, for many, it can be a way athletes ground themselves and, at times, gain a competitive advantage. The reason a player trash-talks is just as varied as how a player trash talks, with different players preferring different approaches. “I usually try to refrain from trash-talking during lacrosse games because, [personally], I find it distracting to have verbal altercations with an opposing player,” said Josephine An, a C...

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